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With fewer people on the streets, our urban birds are going without

Photo: Viktor Kern via Unsplash

Feeding our urban wildlife is almost always discouraged — by wildlife biologists and business owners alike. Urban wildlife often includes many invasive species that we don’t want continuing to breed and expand into other habitats, and many fear that city birds like pigeons carry diseases transmittable to humans (possible, but very rare). Business owners dislike them because they wander outside buildings and leave excrement wherever they go, leading to an unkempt look that may scare off potential customers. But lately, there’s been a change of heart by some towards pigeons, sparrows, and other scavenging city birds. …


Honestly, it’s about time we let them have a turn, anyway

Photo: skeeze via Pixabay

Whether it’s because the streets are all empty and the animals are venturing out, or because people trapped at home are taking more time to notice the natural world that’s still out there hiding in many urban areas, there’ve been a lot of stories lately about unexpected wildlife, which is at once eerie and beautiful. A flickering vision of what the world might be like without us, like when the frat bros finally leave the party and everyone breathes a sigh of relief.

In Michigan, the deer have been meeting up to gossip about this and that while they do…

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