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These birds, the gulls, crows, starlings, sparrows and pigeons here swarming the gallery, are each considered to be pests, whether due to their invasiveness as a species or by their sheer number. We see them in flocks in parking lots. We chase them away but we're still followed by them, and we find them to be nuisances. However, they would not behave this way if they hadn't adapted so well to our behavior. They live alongside us, and they live like us, always searching for the easiest way to a quick meal. It's the small, seemingly insignificant actions we take each day, like simply feeding a few birds on the street, that reinforce their behavior and drive their growth. So long as we continue to produce food to feed our own ever-expanding population, their populations will expand in turn until the cycle reaches a tipping point.
Ellis, Haley, "Feed the Birds" (2017). Honors Theses. 2835.
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