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Mild weather keeps waterfowl, birds in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- More waterfowl and birds are staying in Wisconsin, thanks to mild weather in the southern part of the state.

The lack of snow and the presence of open water in many southern Wisconsin counties mean many ducks, geese and other birds that would have headed south by now are still around.

Sara Kehrli, a DNR wildlife biologist in Columbia County, says numbers were up during last week's annual mid-winter waterfowl survey. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio (http://bit.ly/y3MLth ) she also saw many sandhill cranes during an airplane flight over some sandbars along the Wisconsin River.

DNR wildlife biologist Dick Nikolai has been counting birds in Outagamie, Brown and Calumet counties. He also says waterfowl numbers are up, and notes there are hundreds of bald eagles along the Fox River near Wrightstown.

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