Posted on: December 30, 2016

Feeding Waterfowl Is Harmful to Them

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Even though we think we're helping them, here are five reasons why it's harmful to feed waterfowl:

  • Waterfowl can become concentrated in small urban environments that are not capable of supporting large flocks.
  • Waterfowl may become malnourished and the risks of disease increase.
  • Birds can become nuisance animals at feeding sites and other areas where they congregate.
  • Unnatural concentrations of waterfowl can cause overgrazing and erosion, which may be undesirable for other species.
  • High concentrations of fecal coli form bacteria contribute to unsanitary conditions and to closures of beaches.

Download this flyer for more information (PDF).
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