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N.Y.C.’s Patron Saint of Pigeons — OK Whatever

N.Y.C.’s Patron Saint of Pigeons — OK Whatever
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Since falling in love with the birds, she’s dedicated her life to being their ally. At any given time she’ll have treats in her pockets for the avian friends she encounters; she estimates she goes through about 100 pounds of birdseed a week.

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Mother Pigeon also works with the Wild Bird Fund, a wildlife rehabilitation center on the Upper East Side, helping to treat and care for sick and injured pigeons.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of them end up at her house, too.

“They are literally all over my roof because they know me. My roof looks like a scene from The Birds,” she said.

Not that she keep any pigeons as pets. She doesn’t condone doing this with any wild animals. Still, many pigeons visit her of their own accord, and she cares for the sick or injured ones in her home until they can be released back into the wild. She has also given the roughly 150 birds that visit her rooftop names. There’s Albert, Ruthie, Splotchy, Chocolate Chip, and many (many) more.

When Mother Pigeon first started crafting the fabric and wire birds, she did so just for fun.

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“It was really cute and my friends loved them and were buying them,” she said.

Encouraged by their positive response to the normally-hated birds, Mother Pigeon started selling them on the streets. The reactions she got from the public were positive, as well as “really hilarious.”

“People don’t see them when they’re real, and they find them disgusting. But then when they’re made to look like a toy or a sculpture, they’re like, ‘Awwww! How cute! I like these pigeons but I don’t like the real ones.’ ”       

The faux pigeons she makes are life-sized (9 inches tall) and available for “adoption” through Etsy, at her flash flocks in the park, or simply by texting her. (She lists her phone number on her Instagram profile.)

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Mother Pigeon also makes felt replicas of fledglings, baby pigeons in nests, and pigeons with two heads. A lover of all urban wildlife, she has even expanded her repertoire to include realistic, adorable raccoons, rats, crows, seagulls, and squirrels.



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