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Here's how you can help the birds in your yard during the snow storm

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One of seven robins taken in by the Dane County Humane Society, all are suffering from starvation. One of seven robins taken in by the Dane County Humane Society, all are suffering from starvation.

News release, Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Center

MADISON (WKOW) -- This unseasonable weather is proving to be difficult for many different species of wildlife. Migratory songbirds are arriving here already depleted from their long journey north, only to find that winter is lingering here.

The snow and ice cover, along with cold temperatures are making it hard for them to find adequate food. We are seeing the impacts of this as we have taken in over 45 new patients of 20 different species since the storm started on Saturday. Most of these admissions are birds, but we have also seen some bats, a fox snake and several eastern cottontail rabbits.

With more winter weather on the way Wednesday, there are a few things you can do to help wildlife survive through this difficult time.

-- Please keep your bird feeders clean and full. Consider adding some additional food sources on the ground that may appeal to birds such as robins that don't normally frequent seed feeders.

-- Craisins, raisins, dried cherries, crumbled suet, fresh or frozen berries, chopped apples, high-quality soaked dog kibble, earthworms, waxworms and dried or live mealworms are all food items that these birds may take advantage of. (Note: raisins are toxic to dogs, so be sure your dogs don't have access to these, or choose other alternatives if your dogs will have access to the same space).

If you see a struggling bird or other wild animal, please contain the animal in a cardboard box. Many of the animals that are so depressed that they can be easily captured are literally starving, so for these animals, please do not feed them, but simply keep them in a warm and quiet location and call us or your local wildlife rehabilitator right away for assistance.

The Humane Society can be reached at 608-287-3235 and they'd appreciate a call to schedule an appointment to bring the animal in before stopping by so that we are sure to be ready to help you when you arrive.

If you'd like to help us help these animals, donations to help cover the increased food and medical supplies would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made direcly through Facebook or on our website HERE.

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