National Geographic Education Blog

Stop Feeding Ducks Bread

Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic


Unfortunately, the popular meme speaks the truth: You really, really shouldn’t feed ducks bread. (Popular Science)

What do ducks eat? Learn a little more about mallards with our great resource!

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.

Pet owners like this Long Island lassie take care of their ducks by feeding them nutrient-rich foods like seeds, oats, and lettuce—not carb-heavy bread.
Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

Discussion Ideas







Popular Science: Why you should never ever feed bread to a duck

Nat Geo: What are mallards?

Nat Geo: What are omnivores?

Canal & River Trust: The duck and lettuce taste test

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