The loons are flying north again, and the icy roads are confusing them.
A DNR wildlife biologist says the loons think the icy blacktop surfaces are lakes. Unfortunately, their legs are made for paddling, not walking, so they can't take off after they land.
If you see a stranded loon, you can contact the DNR to help it on its way. If you decide to help it yourself, make sure you wear heavy leather gloves, because the birds have sharp beaks.