May 23rd, 2019– Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter is reminding residents to avoid feeding waterfowl bread, when visiting lakes and parks this spring.
Bread is a health hazard to ducks and other water birds, causing Angel Wing and fatal gut and heart disease. Rotting bread pollutes the water, allowing bacteria to grow, encouraging rats. It causes algal bloom which gets into the waterfowl's lungs and kills them.
"We want all of our residents to enjoy our beautiful lakes and parks this spring, in a manner which is safe and healthy for wildlife and the water environment," said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter.
According to Friends of Bushy and Home Parks, www.fbhp.org.uk, waterfowl can safely eat lettuce, peas and sweetcorn.