Students Seek Better "Diet" for Yoctangee Park Water Fowl

In an effort to keep the waterfowl in Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park healthy, a group of Unioto High School students are in talks with the city for a better way to meet the birds’ dietary needs.

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As part of a project for the Unioto French IV class, students studied the effects humans have on the environment. They realized that a common habit can have seriously negative health effects on waterfowl...namely, feeding them bread. Since bread lacks essential nutrients, it can cause health problems including digestive issues and the incurable wings deformities.

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The class spoke with city officials and it was decided that installing seed machines in the park could be the answer. For 25 cents they would dispense proper seed feed for waterfowl which park-goers could use in place of bread.

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To help raise money for the new machines, the class is conducting a 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk on Saturday, March 23rd. It’s called “Run, Walk or Waddle” and it begins at 9am that morning in Yoctangee Park.

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Individuals and groups can pre-register at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Chillicothe/RunWalkorWaddle5kand1milewalk for $20. Those who pre-register will receive a free t-shirt. Monetary donation for the machines can also be made at the same web address.

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Day-of-Race registration will be $25 beginning at 9am in the park. All proceeds will be used to install feeders and signs.

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Go on-line to sign up for the fundraiser race, slated for March 23rd...

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