You may have noticed signs at the duck pond by the Union City Library saying DO NOT FEED THE WATERFOWL. There are good reasons for those signs, and very good reasons that you should obey them!
The natural diet of waterfowl – ducks and geese – “include grass, seaweeds and aquatic plants, seeds and grains, insects, small fish and amphibians, worms and other invertebrates. These foods are naturally available in the correct proportion of carbohydrates and proteins, and provide the vitamins, calcium and other minerals that comprises the optimal, balanced nutrition for waterfowl.” Bread and other processed human food are heavy in carbohydrates. This can cause health problems in waterfowl, and cause the birds to lose their natural instincts for survival.
“Unnatural food sources cause ducks and other waterfowl to lay more eggs. The result is overpopulation and all the problems that accompany it. Close contact and overcrowding increases the likelihood of territorial aggression. It also causes unsanitary conditions that create the perfect environment for pathogens like botulism and salmonella. Moldy bread can cause aspergillosis, a fatal lung infection that can decimate entire duck and waterfowl flocks.” Some conditions can also harm humans.
The best way to enjoy waterfowl, for you, your children, and the wildlife, is just to sit back and watch them.
How to Catch a Mouse by Philippa Leathers
“A confident but inexperienced cat is certain she has scared all the mice out of her house, but things are not always as they seem.
“Clemmie the cat knows everything about how to catch a mouse, and she would prove it, too—except that she’s never actually seen a mouse. Perhaps, she thinks, they’re all afraid of her. But wait . . . is that a pink tail, or a dangling ribbon? A whiskery nose, or a spider’s legs? Kids will love spotting the pesky mouse throughout this sprightly picture book and will root for Clemmie to discover the mouse under her nose once and for all.” [JPB LEATHERS,P]
Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison
“In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so—her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can’t imagine any other life.
“Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He’s the first person Rapunzel’s ever met who isn’t completely charmed by her (well, the first person she’s met at all, really), and he is infuriating– especially when he hints that Witch isn’t telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised … and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.” [J MORRISON,M]
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
“At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phillip Hoose’s inspiring story of these young war heroes.” [J940.53489 HOOSE,P]