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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 16, 2014 at 7:03 PM

The problems about feeding birds need to be better communicated

If it were only the guest columnist of “Are we creating a welfare state for ducks?” [Opinion, April 11] feeding the ducks, there would not be a problem. And creating a welfare state for ducks is not the issue.

But the human population is growing and so are the number of people who feed ducks and other birds. Overpopulation of a type of bird in an area can lead to a lot of poop as a start.

Some people are so generous some of the excess food attracts rats and mice. Consistent feeding in one area can bring in larger birds looking for smaller birds. If it is near an airport, the birds could become a menace to aviation.

I grew up feeding birds. Who wouldn’t enjoy ducks dancing on their toes or watching seagulls fly in formation taking turns at handouts from a ferry rail? Or the excitement of backing up prepared to run as you ran out of bread when Canada geese joined the feeding, and I knew from experience they can get aggressive.

But I’ve realized some of these “feedings” were a problem. Please, somebody in the National Audubon Society or health department give the reasons for not feeding birds that the little boy and mom in the guest column and myself are unable to articulate in a coherent fashion.

Adelaide Loges, Bothell

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