Don’t feed the wildlife
Wild ducks feed themselves, since our various bodies of water provide the conditions needed for their survival. The different nutrients they find in nature are high in protein, vitamins and mineral salts, ensuring them a constant and balanced supply.
Why not feed the wild ducks?
It is important to mention that visitors must never, at any time, feed the wild ducks. When we feed them, we reduce their ability to find food and lead them to depend on humans, thereby compromising their survival instinct when dealing with predators.
Furthermore, feeding wild ducks can make them sick, increase the number of offspring they produce, disrupt the species’ natural balance, or attract rodents to the edge of the pond.
When all is said and done, the best thing we can do to preserve the health of these ducks is to let nature do its job. This way, the fauna remains wild and draws its food and shelter from nature.
swans receive the best of care
The swans that live in the pond receive special care. The Town of Rosemère sees to it that they are healthy and fed a diet suited to their individual species. In winter, they are housed on a farm where they receive appropriate care.
Consequences of overfeeding
Many of you are still feeding the ducks and geese at Charbonneau Park! But since they have become increasingly numerous on the park’s shoreline, we have had to resort to Harris’s Hawk to chase them away and reduce their numbers. In fact, their concentration threatens the sanitation of the Park’s sports facilities.
Geese are migratory birds. Let them rest and leave again without feeding them, so as not to disrupt their natural balance.
A tip for residents of riverfront properties: add shrubs and trees along the shoreline to make it less appealing to geese that tend to favour open areas with short grass.
In addition to being unsuited to their dietary needs and giving rise to nutritional deficiencies, overfeeding can alter their migratory behaviour and result in the degradation of their habitat due to trampling, grazing and an overabundance of droppings. If you like watching birds and wild animals, you would do better to provide them, through a choice of interesting plants, with natural food and shelter (viburnums, shadbushes, trees, etc.), which they can use themselves.