Written By: Larry Barham, City of Greensboro
GREENSBORO, NC -- The Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department is asking residents not to feed the geese or other waterfowl in city parks in an effort to address associated problems. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offers the following reasons not to feed waterfowl:
• Water pollution - waterfowl feces create poor water quality and reduce oxygen levels in the water
• Nutritional deficiencies - bread crumbs are not a good diet for waterfowl
• Overpopulation - when waterfowl are fed, they tend to overpopulate in greater numbers than an area would naturally support
• Disease - large numbers of waterfowl in one area along with poor nutrition can increase the risk of disease among the flock and could possibly spread to humans
• Habitat degradation - overcrowding of waterfowl leads to overgrazing, soil erosion, and unsanitary conditions
For more information, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission online at www.ncwildlife.org.
To learn more about the year-round programs and facilities of the Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department, please call 336-373-2574 or visit online at www.greensboro-nc.gov/leisure. Greensboro Parks & Recreation is nationally-accredited and a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award for excellence in park and recreation management.
City of Greensboro