Don’t Feed The Waterfowl
Stansbury Park is home to a wide variety of birds. Many of them can be fun to feed
and have become very accustomed to begging. For the safety of our birds and our
property, please don’t do it. We are making a concerted effort to stop this practice.
Please help us by resisting the temptation to feed the birds and asking others to do the
Here is what happens when you feed the waterfowl:
The waterfowl congregate in large groups and create an enormous mess on our
grass, sidewalks, boat docks, etc. This mess ruins the experience of many of the
residents who like to recreate and walk along our lake shores.
Most of the waterfowl on Stansbury Lake are migratory in nature. Hungry
migratory birds who are given an easy meal by residents, often choose to remain
here rather than moving on as they normally would. This causes unusually large
concentrations of birds in an area that does not have enough natural food sources
to feed such a large population.
As the waterfowl become more dependent on humans as a food source, they stop
eating the natural foods they normally would, which are far more nutritious. The
birds become malnourished, overcrowded and more susceptible to disease.
Human feeding of waterfowl makes them too tame for their own good. They
become more susceptible to attack by dogs, children throwing stones, and other
harassment from those who see them as a nuisance. Many birds are attacked and
killed each year because they are easy targets.
Often, waterfowl that are used to being fed by humans, become aggressive when
they are around humans who don’t feed them.
If you are feeding the waterfowl, Please Stop Now. Your act of “kindness” is a self-
indulgent act that hurts birds and people alike.