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HELP THE GOOSEBUSTERS!

DON’T FEED THE BIRDS!

Every year, WBRU teams up with a local cause to provide a year of advertising to raise awareness. We provide advertising and media help to advocate the cause, as well as get involved in projects with the organization to make an impact in the local community. This year’s organization is the Roger Williams Park Conservancy, which provides beautiful green spaces within our community. Roger Williams Park gets over 1 million visitors annually, coming from all different walks of life.

Don’t feed the birds!

It is bad news for the Birds

-Geese are wild animals and eat grasses, bugs and minnows

-Human food (particularly processed foods such as bread, popcorn and pasta) do not contain the proper nutrients for normal growth and development

-Aggregate feeding (in the same area day after day) causes populations to grow, making the birds more aggressive

-Feeding human food also causes Angel wing also known as slipped wing, crooked wing, and drooped wing, which is a syndrome that affects aquatic birds, primarily geese and ducks, in which the last joint of the wing is twisted with the wing feathers pointing out laterally, instead of lying against the body.

–For more information on Angel Wing, see here!

 

It is bad news for the Park

-Goose poop a lot! One adult Canada goose can poop up to a pound and a half a day.

-Bird poop contains high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous which fertilize nuisance algae and weeds in the ponds

-Goose poop is slippery and falling is an increased risk in areas where many goose congregate

-Large groups of geese erode the shorelines of the ponds, making them muddy, ugly and no fun for park users

 

And it is bad news for People

-Goose poop also contains bacteria, viruses, parasites and pathogens that can make people and animals sick.

-Some of the diseases caused by goose poop: Salmonella, Chlamydia, giardia and the protozoan that causes swimmers itch.

-Aggressive geese can attack without warning and can cause serious bodily harm (particularly to children and the elderly)

-Flocks of geese are extremely dangerous for aircrafts. Their large size (25+ pounds) can bring down a plane if it gets sucked into the engine. And RWP is just 3 miles away from T.F. Green airport

 

And it is illegal to feed any waterfowl in the state of Rhode Island!

-It has been illegal to feed migratory waterfowl in RI since 2003. http://www.dem.ri.gov/news/2003/pr/0808031.htm

-State enforcement can impose up to $500 in fines for feeding birds on public lands.

 

The Park Conservancy’s big focus right now is the issue of people feeding the birds in the park. It is up to us, as users and enjoyers of the park, to take responsibility for these spaces and do our part to keep them vitaMembers of the community are always needed to get involved in hands on work around the Park as well. To learn more about how you can help with the Roger Williams Park Ponds projects, you can visit www.rogerwilliamspark.org.

WBRU hopes through our involvement with this great local cause that we can raise awareness in YOU, our listeners, to help keep our parks clean through both cleaning up after yourself in little ways as well as getting involved in bigger ways through the Roger Williams Park Conservancy Restoration projects. Check out pictures from their last cleanup here!

Like them on Facebook here!

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