MASON CITY, IA-It’s causing trees to go down, important events to be canceled …. And just a lot of overall confusion – like why are we getting all this snow, now?!
But this stuff is sure confusing wildlife in the area and putting a kink in some people’s spring plans.
Picture this..birds singing, deer grazing and ducks swimming.
That’s what you are supposed to be seeing right now..But instead everything is covered with snow..and confusion is setting in.
“This weather has been a stress for a lot of the wildlife, whenever there’s this much snow on the ground it makes it harder for a lot of the critters to find food,” said Vince Evelsizer with the DNR.
The one’s most in shock are migratory song birds, because their diet of insects is pretty scarce when the snow starts to fall.
“When it stresses them, it means that they lose weight and when they get stressed they become more prone to disease,” said Evelsizer.
And that’s a bad combination when it comes to breeding, which could ultimately impact population sizes…But DNR leaders say as long as this white stuff melts soon, wildlife in the area should be okay.
“Usually they just kind of deal with it and cope and they’ll look for food or just kind of huddle down and wait it through,” Evelsizer.
and after all – it’s not completely rare to see unusual forecasts in the area…but it’s still hard for humans too and it has north Iowa area community college leaders a bit concerned.
“All we thought about all day yesterday was commencement and what would the weather mean for commencement so it was a pretty anxious day,” said President of NIACC, Deb Derr.
NIACC has decided that the show must go on – or in this case graduation – but leaders do have a request for those traveling to celebrate.
“For most people to make a decision that’s based on where they area and what the driving conditions are and please make a decision based on your personal safety,” said Derr.