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Late winter ice strands scores of loons

9:58 PM, May 11, 2013

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Wisconsin's late winter and series of cold rains through early May has stranded scores of loons that were headed back home to northern ponds this spring.

Ice storms, ice-locked lakes and cold rain have combined to create a loon fallout, which occurs when loons get covered in ice while flying, crash to the ground and become stranded. The situation is similar to airliners getting iced over, but loons don't have the advantage of being coated with de-icer before their flights.

Loon fallouts are rare, said Erica LeMoine, LoonWatch coordinator for Northland College in Ashland. The last one ...

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