Bill Marchel

Bill Marchel, of Fort Ripley, Minnesota, is a full-time wildlife and outdoors writer and photographer. He specializes in game birds, mammals and outdoor sports, such as hunting and fishing. For more information, visit his website at www.BillMarchel.com.

Photo of the week

Posted by: Bill Marchel under Environment, Weather, Recreation, Birding Updated: March 10, 2011 - 5:34 PM

Common mergansers are among the first waterfowl to arrive in Minnesota during late winter migration.  In fact some of the loon-like waterfowl don't actually leave Minnesota.  They remain here by utilizing water kept from freezing like that below dams.

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