Scenic aerial image overlooking Steamboat Resort and Steamboat Springs, CO

Eliminating Handfeeding of Canada Jays

This winter, SSRC is working with the United States Forest Service to eliminate handfeeding of Canada Jays, or otherwise known as Gray Jays or Camp Robbers on the mountain, especially in the Morningside area. New signage is displayed on the lift towers and in the lift line with the phrase “Handouts Harm” and asking skiers and riders not to feed the birds. Although these birds will eat just about anything, they naturally cache their food, which can be seeds and carrion (dead animals).  Human food tends to expire before it is eaten and is poor nutrition for the Jays, so we encourage others to help “keep wildlife wild”.