Pigeons are survivors

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Pigeons are survivors

One of my favorite people, David Eby – who is a tireless advocate for the homeless, the poor, and people on the fringes of society – posted this entry on his blog yesterday about the remodeling of Pigeon Park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). In case you don’t know about it, the DTES is one

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Dancing with crows

As a departure from the rest of the posts so far, I’d like to write about a local-to-Vancouver band, Mojave. As the most environmentally concerned people I’ve met in a long time, Lisa and Paul are also vegan, which makes them extra awesome. Topping it all off, their latest album (their 2nd) is called “Crow’s

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Penguins at risk – what can we do?

Scientists have stated that the magnificent Emperor Penguin may be extinct within the century due to loss of ice caused by climate change. As the earth warms, we are going to start seeing more and more animals becoming extinct. What can we do to help? One of the easiest and most effective ways that we

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Beautiful Prisoners

Many people enjoy seeing all the birds at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park here in Vancouver, the swans in particular. But I was troubled to learn that the swans are not there because they like the lake, but because they are kept there. They all have their wing tendons clipped so that they can’t fly

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I am the black crow king…

Ok, so not really, but I’ve always wanted to start off a post with a Nick Cave quote. This morning I went out to water my garden in the front yard (it’s slowly but surely taking over what used to be grass). These two crows started screaming at me and flying threateningly at me. It

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What do pigeons have in common with yaks and snow leopards?

Despite the fact that thousands of pigeons share our city with us, very few of us know anything about them. For example, did you know that pigeons are actually doves? Their official name is actually “Rock Dove” or “Rock Pigeon”, and they are in the same family—Columbidae—as the dove. In English, the name “pigeon” is

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When we left our house this morning I saw this pair of Mallard ducks on the lawn right across the street. She is sleeping with her head tucked under her wing while he keeps watch. He stayed really calm but checked us out and watched us until we were gone. I haven’t ever seen ducks