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ABQ BioPark Hosts Bread Amnesty Day

ABQ BioPark Hosts Bread Amnesty Day

ABQ BioPark to give healthier bird food to visitors.

Don’t feed bread to the ducks. Turns out, it’s bad for them. Bread is not only unhealthy to ducks and geese, it also contaminates the water in the pond.

The ABQ BioPark is hosting a “Bread Amnesty Day” to raise awareness of this issue and give healthier bird food to visitors. The event will occur from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 2-4 at the Tingley Beach boat pond.

“During our Bread Amnesty Day, we’ll take your bread, pretzels, popcorn, Cheetos and other unhealthy foods and trade them for waterfowl-friendly pellets and grains,” said Kathy Lang, ABQ BioPark Curator of Tingley Beach, in a press release.

The event will also feature educational materials about why bread is bad for birds and water quality.

Unhealthy foods for waterfowl
  • Bread
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Bread-type products, scraps
  • Moldy foods
Waterfowl-friendly foods
  • Oats (rolled or quick)
  • Cracked corn
  • Frozen peas or corn
  • Grapes (cut in half)
  • Lettuce (chopped)
  • Veggie trimmings, peels
  • Earthworms
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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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