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Letter to the editor

Students urged to be responsible birdwatchers

May 2, 2013

Nice weather is finally here, and the coming spring brings the return of many birds to campus.

It is important to remember that wild birds are not pets and need to be respected. I have observed other bird enthusiasts on campus feeding bread to ducks. Bread is not a very good source of nutrients for birds. Instead, healthy alternatives are cracked corn, barely or bird seed.

As you bird watch, remember you are an observer and not a participant. Do not harass birds because you only will cause them stress in their quest to find nest areas. Let’s be an inclusive university and not interfere or scare birds. If I see you running at a bird or throwing something, there will be consequences.

Casey Kemper
Student, UW-River Falls