Friday, February 26, 2016

They're Cute...

...but please don't feed them!

As you drive around Silver Lake harbor you may notice a number of Canada geese and mallard ducks.

Photo Courtesy Ocracoke Current

The ducks look cute, especially the little ones following after their mothers, but geese and mallards are migratory waterfowl that are protected species. Feeding them interferes with their migratory habits, and contributes to an unsanitary situation in Ocracoke village. A large resident population of these birds is creating a nuisance for residents and visitors.

So, please do not feed the ducks in Ocracoke village. We will all be happier.

You can read more about ducks in the Ocracoke Current and in the Ocracoke Observer.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Beatrice Wells, child evangelist, who preached at Ocracoke in the late 1930s/early 1940s. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous11:47 AM

    Unwelcome Mallard immigrants creating a nuisance in the middle eastern Atlantic seaboard. Great Caesar's ghost!

  2. Anonymous10:10 AM

    The first dozen are "cute". People often start to feed them and take pictures. Then, almost overnight there are hundreds of them. The local, state and federal laws makes it almost impossible to get rid of them. There are several state parks in Pennsylvania that I will no longer visit due to the filth created by an overwhelming goose population that have taken up residence.