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I’m not an expert on the habits of local birds, but I thought that humans should avoid feeding animals because those animals may either become dependent on humans for food (or not being able to hone natural skills and instincts) or may be given the wrong kind of food and become sick or die (for example, a neighbour sees a bird feeder and decides to do the same without doing the appropriate research).

I have specifically seen signs like this asking the public to avoid feeding ducks. And we wouldn’t put food outside for raccoons and squirrels, right? So why are birds an exception to the rule? Do they really need our “help”?

I hope I’m wrong here, but would like to hear from an expert on this if possible. Thank you either way for the great articles and work you all do!