Best Ways to Enjoy Wildlife

Woman and child with binoculars.

Instead of feeding the ducks and geese, learn to birdwatch.

Do you enjoy feeding wildlife, such as squirrels, ducks, and geese? Did you know that feeding them human food is bad for their health and bad for the environment? These animals are not well adapted to a diet of bread and grain. The birds can become sick, overweight, and unable to fly. For everyone’s health and safety, please do not feed wildlife in city parks.

Squirrels certainly are cute and may show interest in your food, but you should avoid feeding them, especially by hand. Squirrels fed by people can get too comfortable around people and may become a nuisance or aggressive, and may even bite.

Feeding these animals can be harmful to them and to the water quality in local streams. Attracting animals in large numbers increases the amount of their waste, resulting in increased bacteria levels.

Three ways to help local wildlife

  1. Instead of feeding the ducks and geese, learn to birdwatch. The City of Salem’s Park Ranger offers free bird watching tours the first Saturday of the month between May and September. For more information, contact the Park Ranger at [email protected].

  2. Secure garbage, compost piles, and pet food to avoid attracting wildlife.

  3. Create backyard habitats using native plants which provide the proper food source for wildlife.

Nearby places to appreciate birds in a natural environment

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Jan. 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

Feb. 03
Salem Public Library - Main Branch closed for move to temporary facilitySalem Public Library Main Branch
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Salem OR 97301

Salem Public Library's Main Branch will be closed from February 3-17 for a move to a temporary facility as we prepare for the upcoming seismic renovation project. Salem Public Library at Broadway will open February 18, 2020 at 1400 Broadway St. NE, to serve during construction.

Online library services—access to the library catalog and downloading of eBooks and audiobooks—will be available throughout the move and construction phases.

The West Salem Branch, 395 Glen Creek Rd. NW, will be open and maintain services throughout the move and construction phases.

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Salem OR 97301

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Memorial Day Observance

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