National Pigeon Day: It’s for the Birds

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In cities all over the world, humans share sidewalks, windowsills, awnings, and patches of grass with pigeons. And while some people, businesses, and government officials aren’t always nice to these amiable urbanites, pigeons have many defenders.

The New York Bird Club and pigeon fans are gearing up for the National Pigeon Day celebration on Saturday, June 13—and they want New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. to make an official proclamation.

A few quick facts: Pigeons are courageous and intelligent birds who mate for life, and both parents tend to their young. They are hardy birds—adept at dodging pedestrians, taxis, and the occasional hawk. No wonder so many humans are content to sit back and watch them during their lunch hours.

Please ask Mayor Bloomberg to officially declare this upcoming June 13 “National Pigeon Day.” And if you’ll be celebrating at Pilgrim Hill in NYC’s Central Park,look for me. I’ll be wearing my Pige Patrol T-shirt.

Written by Karin Bennett

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