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New Research Says Feeding Mountain Chickadees is OK

February 1, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Sierra Sun on 1/30/23. Content submitted to the Sun. Photo from UNR.

RENO, Nev. — New research recently released shows feeding mountain chickadees has no negative impact on the species as long as a few simple rules are followed.

Chickadee Ridge overlooking Lake Tahoe has become a popular snowshoe and cross-country ski destination for those hoping to experience feeding the tiny black-capped birds, often from the palm of one’s hand. The new research from the University of Nevada, Reno goes against what Nevada Department of Wildlife officials have said over the years that for the sake of wildlife, they shouldn’t be fed.

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