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Wascana ecologists say bread is bad for birds

"Bread is Bad for Me" campaign aims to get park visitors to bring greens for birds instead of bread. Global News

Regina – It’s an age-old summer hobby, feeding bread to the birds down at Wascana Park.

But experts say this is actually a dangerous practice.

“When waterfowl are fed items like bread and popcorn, malnutrition and disease can become an issue, especially in young developing birds,” stated Wascana Centre Ecologist Sarah Turkeli.

The Wascana Centre Authority has launched a new initiative to curb the harmful effects of feeding certain foods to the birds.

The “Bread is Bad for Me” campaign encourages all Wascana visitors to keep it “g-rated”, that is grains and greens are best for the birds healthy development.

“We understand that coming to Wascana Centre and feeding the geese and ducks is a great family activity, but we just want to make it safe for the birds as well,” said Turkeli.

She says items like barley, wheat, lettuce and spinach will still keep the birds interested, but be better on their overall health.

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