Pigeon glamour shots? YES. And I say it’s about dang time. Art genius Andrew Garn has taken to documenting the beauty of NYC’s pigeons, a much abused community. I’m not usually one for photography (I know) but these are awesome. Plus! Garn and the gallery hosting his show are donating 20% of sales to the Wild Bird Fund! That place seems great. I am so down with this. I don’t know how he gets the birds, I’m hoping they are just photographed in the wild? I don’t know. Regardless, they do have a PR problem so maybe this will help. Personally, I think pigeons are amazing!
This Sunday! MickaCoo Pigeon and Dove Rescue Presents: WE CAN BE HEROES »
Meet real pigeons and get vegan treats this Sunday with MickaCoo! Here are the details:
Come see The Stevie Bird Show! Meet Pigeons in pants!
Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 2 -5pm
MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue
Adoption Fair & Benefit
at the Romberg Tiburon Center
3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon 94920
Suggested donation of $20, you’ll get two bird shows, snack on vegan tasty treats, get great deals on cool auction and raffle items and learn more about these beautiful birds and why they make such fantastic pets. Please visit http://mickacoo.eventbrite.com/ to learn more and RSVP (free raffle ticket to first 50, no prepayment required).
NYC: Party for the birds on Tuesday, April 3! »
The Wild Bird Fund is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the city’s first wildlife rehabilitation and education center! There’s going to be cool stuff you can read about below but I should tell you first: THERE’S GOING TO BE BABY BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS! BABY ANIMALS OMG WTF! And an owl—I have never met an owl. That’s a damn shame. This will not stand! We must go and meet squirrels and owls.
The Wild Bird Fund is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity located at 558 Columbus Ave. (inside the Animal General clinic), New York City. In 2011, the WBF rehabilitated over 1,400 birds and mammals and responded to over 4,000 calls. While the fund usually deals with mostly pigeons (as they seem to be the most common bird brought in), some of the other other types of animals treated are gulls, sparrows, hawks, owls, and squirrels.
The gala will take place at the beautiful and historic “Birdie” Vanderbilt Mansion, and will feature a speech by best-selling author Jonathan Franzen and a performance by Dzul Dance. Wine and vegetarian hors d’oeuvres will be served, and guests will be able to meet a few of the feathered rescues from the previous year.
In conclusion, baby squirrel from the Wild Bird Fund’s FB page:
A pigeon zine! Made by the lovely Small Science Collective. Meave and I are totally all about this! Goddamn I love pigeons.
They have a little discussion about pigeons on the site. Pigeons and Darwin. I actually read that passage about pigeons by Darwin that they are talking about. It’s hella boring. Sorry. I love Darwin though! Though I’m not sure I believe in the idea of species. Some people have suggested that we’d learn a lot more if we organize a map illustrating the dispersal of different traits in a type of animal rather than segregating them into different species. The traits would likely correspond with different environmental conditions and we’d see why or how the traits evolved. As the definition of species gets murkier and murkier, we might want to look for alternative systems of organization.
That’s enough book-learning for today!
Posted with permission from the Small Science Collective!
Hello, Friends! It’s WTF Wednesday! (On Thursday!) »
You guys, I am no longer watching Damages because it has hurt my life too much. First of all, Allen is not pleased by the lounging around I do in the dark waiting for him, and my coworkers are probably unhappy that I skulk around in the shadows wearing a feathered fright-wig and chuckling to myself. I don’t know of it’s the chuckling or the wig they’re concerned about, though. I am a very loud chuckler. I’m also back at work full-time so I don’t have time to watch anything, much less an engrossing hour-long show that requires me to remember things that are not in the “previously on” scenes. I’ve got to find more half-hour comedies.
One of the half-hour comedies I do enjoy is Raising Hope which is adorable, clever and providing Cloris Leachman with work. And you guys know she needs it. The royalties from The Facts of Life have long since dried up. Even Nancy McKeon is looking for work and Blair is writing books about how to homeschool children (obviously). It also features Martha Plimpton who is like my favorite. She was in a movie called Samantha that I used to watch like fifteen times a day but can’t even find on VHS anymore (do you have a copy? Call me!). All of the things you just read are not important because I want to talk about my favorite person, Kate Micucci. Dude, this girl is legit. She acts, she sings, and she made this amazing video about hunting using babies as the hunter and the deer:
[Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!]
God, I really want her to be my friend. You reading this, Kate? Call me! Do you have a copy of Samantha?
[Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!]
This next link comes from our friend Amy who sent me a video of a man being hit by a pigeon shooter driving a fancy car (I drive public transportation so any car is fancy!).
There are two issues here; The first is that the article claims that pigeon shooters are above the law (no mention of whether police intervened after the hit and run in the article, though), but I think the bigger issue is that no one should be hitting anyone with a car. I don’t care if you’re a pigeon shooter or not, do not hit people with your vehicle! Second, don’t shoot pigeons. Girl, you do not even know. Sometimes I think about shit that happens and I’m all “that’s pretty bad for animals. I bet nothing could be worse,” and then the Internet proves me wrong once again by telling me about people who release live pigeons and then shoot them for fun and prizes. Prizes!
Finally, I give you the skin gun! I know this has nothing to do with animals, but my god, have you seen this? It shoots skin onto your burned skin! And then it regenerates! And then your skin looks hella good and you don’t even need to not go out anymore and live underneath an opera house and bother Sarah Brightman eight shows a week! You can even star in the show!
That’s all for this week. Send me links for next week and have a graft-free Wednesday!
Top 10 links of the week: a hoverboard adventure through veganism! »
Guess what! Ecorazzi tells us that fewer dogs and cats are being euthanized in the United States! Holler! Go spay and neuter programs, get your progress on!
The Humane Society is having an event in D.C. next weekend! You should go!
Remember that awful pig farm video? It got Safeway and some others to stop buying pigs from that supplier! One down, a zillion to go.
On July 28, Animal Planet is going to show a Gulf Oil Spill special! Let’s watch it and get depressed. Stone cold bummer.
"Grizzly Bear In Yellowstone National Park Was Just Protecting Cubs, Say Park Rangers." Yay park rangers! Huffpo has the story.
Fish are totally eating a shit-ton of plastic. What can we do? What do you do to reduce your plastic usage? I need help.
Over at Grist, read about “The Most Important Fish in the Sea" and how Virginia is a jerk.
Chick-Fil-A says it’s cow appreciation day? And that means we should eat chicken? Hardy har har!
The Telegraph has some super-funny animal pictures by photographer Joanne Williams! See monkey below.
The beatification of the pigeon »
Hey young world! It’s the art beat! You know I love pigeons so when I read about this art installation in Philadelphia, I was so excited. Then I was so sad to see it closed on Saturday! We missed the show. But! We can still look at the pictures!
Matt Zigler created The Mobile Museum of Pigeon Culture and History, a pigeon museum in a Pod (you know, those storage containers popular with the college set), to venerate the disrespected bird. Along with the mobile museum, the installation included a series of altars, “Five Saintly Pigeons of the Book of Columba,” to various pigeons with a seed dispenser nearby to provide offerings. Zigler is not fucking around; he set out to elevate these birds to saints. As the bearer of so much public disdain, this is just what the pigeons need! You got to make serious moves. No half-stepping for Zigler and the pigeons—they’re like, “bow down, bitches!” Jeez, pigeons, relax.
Hopefully the mobile museum will travel nearby soon, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, be kind to your local pigeon.
Pigeon emergency in the Bay Area! »
Mickacoo, which is already filled to the brim with foster pigeons, is looking to re-home 100 pigeons that were abandoned by the owner of Lucky Dog Pet Shop in Berkeley. ON TOP OF THAT they are trying to help the survivors of more than 60 king pigeons that were “released” at a Milpitas business for good luck. King pigeons are domestic and can’t survive in the wild! Good going, jerks!
[Picture of some of the birds surrendered by Lucky Dog Pet Shop. See more here]
Brainiac pigeons rescued from lab and need homes! »
Mickacoo has been up to some good work, as usual! This time, they’ve taken on 10 lab-test pigeons who are no longer wanted. They were all in stupid small cages with no natural light! Very sad. The experiments they were in however gave evidence that pigeons can see color and count! Pigeons are geniuses! Check out the Mickacoo blog for the whole story.
Here’s one of the beautiful pigeons in his crappy old house, and his flashy new digs
These brainy pigeons need homes! You should get a pigeon! How cool would you be? OMG so cool. I would be super-jealous. That’s important.