Feeding the ducks at a neighborhood park like Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau is a tradition for some.
"It's nice to be able to come out here and sit and be able to watch them," said Dessirae Alizondo, who frequents the park with her 4-year-old son, Avian.
Turns out, though, doing so can actually cause more harm than good.
That is why the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department is asking residents to either feed the ducks and geese a food that is in their diet or refrain from feeding them all together.
"It's taking away that need to go find their own food," Candice Davis said, with the Missouri Department of Conservation. "It's taking away the vitamins and minerals in the food that they would normally eat."
According to the parks and recreation department, it can also cause the birds to develop Angel Wing. The syndrome can affect the bird's ability to fly and protect itself. It is caused from a high-calorie diet.
Instead of bread or cereal, the parks and recreation department is asking residents to feed the ducks something you might find in nature.