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Protect and Enjoy the River Wildlife

As enchanting as it can be for children to throw crumbs of bread to ducks on the river, the word is out that feeding ducks and other wild birds can damage their health and their habitat.

The Park District has produced a pocket card about ducks and other river wildlife with a link to more information on the District’s website. Park Police will be handing out the cards while they patrol the Riverwalk; cards also are available at the Park District Administration Building at 320 W. Jackson Ave.

“As a community agency we wanted to provide some practical information to help parents and children understand that they can best protect and enjoy the ducks, geese, herons and other wildlife on the DuPage River by letting them seek their own food,” said Director of Marketing and Communications Sameera Luthman.

Some of the benefits of refraining from feeding the waterfowl include the following:   

  •         The waterfowl stay healthy by eating a varied diet
  •         It prevents overcrowding and aggression among the waterfowl
  •         Young fowl are protected from predators attracted to human food
  •         The river stays cleaner

Learn More about Wild Ducks and Other Waterfowl

Top 5 reasons not to feed wild ducks and other waterfowl:

See photos of common species of ducks:

Additional photos of  waterfowl in Illinois and North America:

Learn about what wild ducks eat:

Learn about mallards:

More cool facts about mallards:

How You Can Help Keep the River Clean

Volunteer  with the Naperville Park District for spruce-up days or other projects:

Prevent water pollution by managing stormwater at home:

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