2015 September

Danny and JessiCast episode 1 features a comparison metaphor that compares feeding the ducks with being on one side of an idea. The conversation focuses on the knowledge that feeding ducks is a treasured memory for many families. Even though we know the bread we feed the ducks negatively affects the quality of the life of the animals.

Looking for more details on that? Here's a great source

Is it good to feed waterfowl?

No, artificial feeding is actually harmful to waterfowl.

Artificial feeding of waterfowl can cause:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Increased hybridization
  • Water pollution
  • Delayed migration
  • Concentrations at unnatural sites
  • Overcrowding
  • Spread of disease
  • Costly management efforts
  • Unnatural behavior
  • Cumulative effects
  • Devaluation of the species

Read on to explore this issue and decide for yourself whether you want to continue feeding waterfowl.


It would seem that providing food for ducks and geese would make them healthier. However, this is not the case. Waterfowl at artificial feeding sites are often found to suffer from poor nutrition. In natural settings, waterfowl seek and feed on a variety of nutritious foods such as aquatic plants, natural grains, and invertebrates. Many of the items commonly used to feed waterfowl (bread, corn, popcorn, etc.) are low in protein and are very poor substitutes for natural foods.

Natural foods are also widely scattered. Ducks and geese are able to find these foods and eat them in relative seclusion. At artificial feeding sites, competition for each scrap or kernel is high. Some ducks and geese (usually the youngest) are unable to compete for handouts.

Visible symptoms of poor nutrition and advanced stages of starvation are often seen at artificial feeding sites. For example, waterfowl may have drooping wings or may lose their ability to fly.“

The idea that this podcast discusses is whether knowing something is bad prevents you from doing it, enjoying it, outlawing it, prohibiting it, or just being mindful of the fact is a path you may follow down. The same is true about our positions on most any issues. Take a listen!

What a blast at the Alameda County Fairgrounds! The 150th annual  Scottish Games  were a huge success this year in Pleasanton! Listen in for our special coverage of this wonderful cultural event!  For more information visit http://www.thescottishgames.com

See our YouTube coverage here!

This was my first year attending the Scottish Highland Games, and I could tell instantly upon meeting the fairgoers that this was a family friendly event that had many returning visitors drawn to the fun, games, food, and entertainment celebrating Scottish cultural heritage. In this special edition of Danny Hauger Presents, take a look at photos, video, and live sound captured from the events, including a meeting with Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, the Icelandish powerhouse known by many as "The Mountain" from Game of Thrones. 

So join me and my special guests Jessi, James, Mellisa, and more as we explore the 150th Annual Scottish Highland Games.

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Special thanks to the Caledonian Club of San Francisco!

First new song in a few weeks! It feels good to be back in studio. And a new broadcast this Sunday from the 2015 Scottish Highland Games! Unsurprisingly, this theme, this weekend, and this moment of time inspired a song from my home studio today. I was thinking about the way that opportunities come and go, and some that pass us by give us the opportunity to work, reflect, and create. That's where this new demo, "The Finer Things" developed from. I started writing about 3 hours ago, and have completely finished a draft of this song.

The chorus appeals to me a lot. The idea of being with someone becomes part of your identity.

Sometimes it feels good to get that sense of yourself in prospective, even if it means being alone to redevelop. I picked up my guitar and started a simple chord progression of B to A to G#m. I found the progression to fit the theme of my mood. Then I wanted to lift myself a bit and found the hook at E to B to G#m. There was something bright and optimistic about that contrast that propelled me through the rest of the song. For once, the words came easy.

“The Finer Things” by Danny Hauger Copyright 2015

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Verse 1:

The weekend fell apart before it even started,

Your girl is out of town, and you feel departed

The Scottish Highland Games will be your highlight

And the three days pass in a moment’s twilight


B                          A                            G#m



IF you could be here with me

I would dream happy dreams

I could be the best of me.

I could be the finer things


E                      B                                 G#m                A


Verse 2:


But if all else fails I can make it solo

I can buy some food and I can wear my polos

But if no one sees, does it make a sound wave?

Or is life prefixed to tell you how to behave?


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Catch my next podcast Sunday from the Scottish Highland Games! Tickets are still available.