Do Not Feed Geese & Other Wildlife in QL

Date: March 01, 2021
Subject: Do Not Feed Geese & Other Wildlife in QL
Good Morning QL,
This Broadcast Message is a friendly reminder to not feed the geese…  While it is expected that a few geese will automatically visit the pond area, it has again been noted residents are feeding the geese and therefore attracting the geese unnaturally.  This is especially evident behind Building 43.  Everyone should be aware that per your community’s Rules & Regulations, 2.7. (e), Queen’s Landing residents should not feed the deer, geese, squirrels, ducks and pigeons that visit and live on our property because of the potential contamination of the grounds from droppings and the danger to the animals.
Below is some information found on the internet as provided by Geese Relief  Please take a moment to review the information below as it is very informative. If you are are feeding the geese, or any wildlife, you are not helping the animal or the community and you are breaking QL’s rules.
Reasons Not To Feed Geese By Geese Relief

Did you know, that geese fecal matter have been linked to the spread of various diseases?

Did you know, that the average goose drops 2 pounds of fecal mater every day?

Feeding geese and other waterfowl bread and crackers is a common pastime for many adults and children, but many people do not know that this can be harmful to the birds, as well as the environment. Here are several reasons why you should not feed geese and other birds.

Bread, crackers, popcorn, and other high-carbohydrate foods are like junk food to birds. They provide very little nutritional content, and birds that fill up on them will not seek out other, nutritious food. This can cause the birds to become malnourished, which can contribute to a host of health problems for both adults and babies.

Even though you may only choose to feed geese and other birds small amounts of bread or other foods, other families may be doing the same thing. The result could be that the birds’ diet consists primarily of unhealthy foods.

If an abundant supply of food is readily available from humans, the geese population will grow because the birds will be attracted to the handouts. This can cause the area to become overcrowded. A supply of easy-to-acquire food will also lead the birds to lay more eggs, which can further contribute to overpopulation.

Feeding geese bread can also contribute to the spread of disease. A diet rich in carbohydrates will cause the birds to defecate more, which can spread bacteria that can contribute to disease. Moldy bread that is not eaten and left on the ground can cause aspergillosis, a lung infection that can be fatal to waterfowl. In addition, rotting bread can attract pests, such as rats, mice, and insects, which can spread disease.

Feeding geese can also pollute the environment. Uneaten bread is unsightly. It can rot and release noxious odors, and it can also lead to the growth of algae, which can clog natural waterways and endanger the health of fish and other wildlife.

Geese and other birds that rely on humans for food lose their natural fear and may place themselves in dangerous situations, such as crossing roads in search of food. They may also become aggressive toward humans who do not provide them with the food they want.

While you may think that you are helping geese by providing them with food, you can be jeopardizing the health of the birds, other animals, and humans, as well as polluting the environment. Wild geese have plenty of healthy food in their habitat to sustain them. Let the geese find food on their own so that they and other animals in the environment can stay healthy.

Thank you,
Tammy Eaton
On-Site Community Association Manager
Queen’s Landing CUO
500 Queen’s Landing Drive
Chester, MD  21619
[email protected]
O: 410-643-5192  F:410-604-2712

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