Make a visit to one of Long Island’s duck ponds! It can be a pleasant and relaxing activity for the young and the old practically any time of year.
During Spring, enjoy waterfowl picking at new plants and vegetation in their natural habitat. By Summer, catch the sight of swans and ducks afloat the water with the nice summer breeze. In the Fall, see the wild animals among beautiful fall foliage. And in the Winter, catch non-migratory geese walk about snow covered grounds.
Most people find enjoyment being around waterfowl. These animals often appear approachable and may even seek your attention. Naturally, when this happens, the desire is to feed them -- but, before you do, there are some things you need to know.
Waterfowl living in their natural habitat can find food in the wild and do not require human feeding. They also live more healthy finding natural foods in the wild like plants, natural grains and invertebrates.
Feeding waterfowl human food like bread, corn, or table scraps is a no-no. It can be harmful to the animals. For instance, wild ducks fed human food like bread and crackers result with organs that become engorged and fatty. This can also cause a number of health complications like heart disease and liver problem. For young ducklings, it takes away from the need to seek for vital nutrients that will help them development.
So if you’re looking to feed waterfowl, keep the information above in mind.
Now it's time to head out and catch a view of waterfowl in their natural environment at one of these Long Island duck ponds!
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