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Don’t Feed the Birds, Wascana Center Campaign Calls – ReginaOUS News

Those who support Regina’s Wascana Park are asking you to leave your grains, herbs and bread at home the next time you visit the lake.

While feeding wildlife in the park may allow you to get up close and personal with animals such as the iconic Canada goose, experts say it could also have repercussions.

“Feeding wild animals can make you lose your fear of people, so in this case we have a lot of geese in the park that will come and kind of ruin your picnic,” said Provincial Capital Commission ecologist Sarah Romuld.

“They can develop quite aggressive behavior. And you have an accumulation of wild animals in some areas, which can lead to the transmission of diseases.”

Romuld says feeding wild animals can also cause problems such as introducing invasive/harmful/unwanted vegetation from uneaten grains and seeds. She said specimens of the angel’s wing have also been found that can render young waterfowl flightless.

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New signs in the park display a QR code that directs users to a website explaining the dangers of feeding wild animals.

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That’s why Wascana Centre, a PCC affiliate, has launched the second phase of its “No Feeding Initiative”, which includes newly installed signs that park visitors will see in high traffic areas.

Back in 2015, the Vaskana Center launched the first phase of the Bread Is Bad for Me initiative.

This campaign encouraged park visitors to leave bread at home and instead bring grain or greens if they wanted to feed wild animals.

In the second phase of the initiative, park visitors are now being asked to stop feeding wildlife entirely.

“Now we’re trying to communicate, okay, we’ve made that shift, but we don’t really need to feed wild animals at all,” Romuld said.

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“We are in a natural area and they have a lot of natural feeding resources. So we’re just trying to stop feeding one last time.”

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PCC forestry and horticulture manager Lisa Esmond reminded visitors that the prairie park is the product of generations of dedication and that it takes everyone’s efforts to keep it as wild as possible.

“This is a beautiful hand-planted masterpiece. Before the park, it was just farmland,” she said.

Romuld adds that there is another benefit to leaving goose food at home, which is perhaps the easiest to identify for many who frequent the park.

“They don’t congregate in high traffic areas, so they don’t eat too much and the result is less excrement.”

While the number of people visiting the park may decline with the arrival of cooler weather, Canada Geese numbers will remain high.

Up to 10,000 geese use the Wascana Center each fall as a rest stop on their way to warmer climes like South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

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For better birdwatching, Romuld suggests coming to the park in the morning and bringing binoculars with you, and adds that in winter birds can still be seen in areas of the lake near aerators, such as near Pine Island, where water does not flow. usually freeze.

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