Feeding the ducks

by Lara

We live in a beautiful city full of green spaces. Spaces I don’t always remember to use as much as I should.

With all the rivers that run through our city, and the amazing pathways that go along them, a fun thing to do with kids is one that couldn’t be simpler.

Go down to the river and feed the ducks.

We tend to go down to the river near Westboro Beach or to a little spot near Billings Bridge, but there are tons of places to go – I even found a Citizen article listing the five best!

Bring along some stale bread and let the kids go crazy throwing the bread.

Be prepared for the seagulls who are….. a tad more aggressive than the ducks – which for me is just hilarious!

And the geese… they can get pretty angry so you might not want to let the kids get TOO close… but they certainly provide good targets for running off some energy.

And enjoy the beauty and quiet of the moment too…

…while the kids use up some of that energy they never seem to lack 🙂

Lara is mom to 3.5 year old Kiernan and 10 month old twins Quinn and Juliette. You can read her blog at Gliding Through Motherhood.

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6 responses to “Feeding the ducks

  1. This is so fun, I agree!
    But please (and I know you wouldn’t do this Lara, but I’m just putting it out there for others who are reading this) don’t feed moldy bread to our birdy friends… it can make them very sick!

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  3. There are a ton of ducks on the University of Waterloo campus and I think I remember seeing a sign not to feed them popcorn either. Whole wheat bread is probably better than white, but this article says you shouldn’t feed ducks bread at all, and gives suggestions as to what else to feed them:

    http://birding.about.com/od/birdfeeders/a/feedingducksbread.htm

    Be very careful of the geese if there are goslings or a nest around or if they are pushed too far. Geese are very strong and can injure even adults if pushed too far.

    I know, things were simpler when we were kids and no one thought of stuff like this; I feel like such a killjoy. Sorry.

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