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The Birds at My TableWhy We Feed Wild Birds and Why It Matters$
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Darryl Jones

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501710780

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501710780.001.0001

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The Feeder Effect

The Feeder Effect

What All That Food Can Do

(p.96) 4 The Feeder Effect
The Birds at My Table

Darryl Jones

Cornell University Press

The popularity of wild bird feeding has introduced enormous amounts of additional food into the ecosystem, especially in urban areas. Significantly, all of this food is supplementary to the natural diet of the birds consuming it. For this reason, bird feeding has been likened to a supplementary feeding experiment on a global scale yet with no clear expectations of possible outcomes. This chapter investigated the likely consequences of this situation.

Keywords:   Supplementary feeding, Feeders, Birdseed, Urban ecology

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