Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Pond Update

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Here’s a pic of the A.K.P.M.G. pond, refilled.

My housemate took this photo [Thursday]. I sure hope it stops people from tossing bread and other junk food to the birds and fish.
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a-1553544303 Jul 29, 2018 02:58 PM
Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Pond Update

Something in the news that I read today that has a certain parallel to the duck/koi/turtles at Alice Keck Park: "Oslo (AFP) - A polar bear was shot dead after attacking a German cruise ship worker on Norway's Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, the authorities said Sunday. The unnamed man in his 40's suffered head injuries shortly after landing on Spitzbergen island. He was accompanying a tourist expedition from the MS Bremen of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on Saturday."......Polar bears associate humans with food....either as food-food (sandwiches, "trail" mix, MREs, etc.), or people-food (arms, legs, and such). This is so sad. If those wealthy "adventure" tourists hadn't been there, that polar bear would be alive, and maybe even snackin' on some greasy seal blubber. Say no to killing wildlife, say no to adventure tours that only ruin the environment, and get animals killed. I never killed so many spiders/bugs as I did when I was an adventure trip in Costa Rica a few years ago.....ad I only killed the ones crawlin' on me. That was then, but now: No thanks - would rather watch a nature film!!

pstarSR Jul 29, 2018 05:14 PM
Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Pond Update

thats as much of a stretch as the article you are referencing. the article stated that this area is KNOWN for polar bears and is very FAR up in the arctic. yes tourists are visiting, but to blame the tourists for the fact that the bears are there is unrealistic and ignorant. stop trying to use this as a soapbox for an issue that is not related to alice keck park.

a-1553544303 Jul 29, 2018 01:26 PM
Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Pond Update

When bicycling on the Cabrillo Beachway (Bike Path), I used to stop at the Bird Refuge for a short rest. It was astounding to see people feeding not only bread but french fries, potato chips and even things like Butterfinger BBs (candy) to the ducks and other birds. Just because we "used to" feed bread to ducks/birds at ponds doesn't mean it was the good or healthy thing to do for the animals. People are not going to go buy worms or birdseed to feed these turtles and waterfowl. Why is it deemed necessary to feed them at all? Entertainment value for the kids? It is best to allow the wildlife to feed themselves. They know how to forage in nature. We don't need to interfere with their environment. Watch and enjoy. Please do not feed.

Eggs Ackley Jul 29, 2018 09:07 AM
Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Pond Update

If you must feed the animals, find a guy/gal with a sign that says: HUNGRY ANYTHING HELPS The turtles, fish, and ducks have it pretty good already.

a-1553544303 Jul 29, 2018 08:51 AM
Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Pond Update

I think it would probably be okay to feed the turtles and fish worms, and bird food to the ducks. I don't know why they don't want people, especially kids, interacting with the animals as we've done for thousands of years.

Luvaduck Jul 29, 2018 08:14 AM
Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Pond Update

Ignorance causes a lot of damage. Well-intentioned ignorance is even worse since the determined ignorant are unable to believe facts to the contrary. "A person convinced against his will is of the same opinion still."

Lucky 777 Jul 28, 2018 01:35 PM
Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Pond Update

The life spans of animals in zoos are often drastically shortened by the people who throw popcorn to them, since the bodies of most creatures are not designed to eat it. Humans crave a reaction from the animals, and in turn the combination of butter and salt is addictive to the animals, often causing intestinal blockage. I have found no way to impact the behavior, aside from restricting the sale of food at zoos.

a-1553544303 Jul 28, 2018 01:21 PM
Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Pond Update

It's incredible the amount of people who go to that park and then toss white bread and other food to the animals. I know many think it's a "fun" activity for their kids. Most don't get how bad it is for the animals and how it mucks up the chemical balance of the water. You wouldn't toss bread or potato chips or candy into your own fishpond. Why do it at the park?

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