Extremely Cold Winter Season Affects Wildlife Preparing for Spring

This extremely frigid winter isn't just making humans adjust.

Our furry and feathered friends are also dealing with changes.

The snowfall and icy conditions are making it confusing for waterfowl trying to land in their habitat as there's a lack of open water.

One thing the Department of Natural Resources says isn't an issue yet – the ground hasn't frozen out in the woods.

This means small rodents like squirrels and rabbits who've stashed food are able to still get to it.

But the frost could become a problem as wildlife starts getting some spring fever.

9&10's Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson spoke to a wildlife technician today to learn how Mother Nature is giving some mixed signals to Northern Michigan's animals, and what that means for the rest of the winter season.