[CT Birds] Ice-free Lakes

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Wed Jan 18 07:30:04 EST 2012

Here is something to think about.

All summer long lakes are producing fauna and there are few or no  
ducks about.
In autumn a variety of ducks (From Mergansers to Wigeon) come along  
and harvest the crop of fauna.
Then the lakes freeze over and the birds move on.
If the lakes do not freeze, then the ducks will likely extend their  
Does this change the biota of the lakes?
Will the lakes be less productive next autumn or can they compensate  
in summer?

Dennis Varza

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