In response to requests from residents, the Parks Commission approved two signs to be placed in Riverside Park with information about healthy diets for waterfowl. Ducks, geese and other waterfowl face serious health complications when they eat empty calories, like bread, instead of nutrient rich foods. These health issues can impact their ability to fly, migrate, reproduce and escape predators.
Fortunately, it is easy to offer our feathered friends a healthy snack. Fresh foods like cut seedless grapes, cooked rice, peas, corn and lettuce are all great options. The Hardware Store sells bags of corn for $1.
The signs will be placed in mid-April on existing poles.
More information about the impacts of feeding waterfowl bread can be found here.
By Erinn Grube