Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Waterfowl feeding bans becoming popular

Cities across North America are starting to ban the feeding of geese and ducks within city limits. Overall, most of the bans haven't caused that much outrage within the cities, however they are getting a lot of media coverage and are causing outrage in areas not affected by the bans.

What people don't generally realise about waterfowl in general is that once you feed a few, you end up with large flocks that stay in the area permanently instead of migrating.

These birds can destroy the area where they are staying by over-foraging and consuming all of the plant life within the area. Once the plant life is gone, erosion of soil becomes an issue. Let's not forget that these aren't the cleanest of birds and will fowl up the water and surrounding grounds with their droppings.

Still have an issue with the feeding ban?

(Image courtesy of Lake Little Sunapee site)

1 comment:

  1. I don't have anything against feeding waterfowl (as long as the food is healthy for them), but in areas where certain species pose a problem, a feeding ban is appropriate.