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The Birds at My Table: Why We Feed Wild Birds and Why It Matters

Darryl Jones


Feeding wild birds in gardens and backyards is one of the most popular forms of interaction between humans and wild animals. Yet despite the enormous scale of this activity and the millions of people involved throughout the world, remarkably little is known about the practice or the potential implications associated with the provisioning of vast amounts of food, all of which is additional to the bird’s natural diet. Many questions arise: Does bird feeding change wildlife communities? Does it aid the spread of disease? Is it essential for the conservation of many struggling species, especially ... More

Keywords: Bird feeding, Urban wildlife, Supplementary feeding, Urban ecology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501710780
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501710780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darryl Jones, author
Griffith University