Friday, January 18, 2013

Our Pacific Northwest

Our Pacific Northwest

Pigeon Enthusiasts Flock to Vancouver for National Convention

Most people view pigeons as a pestilence, but that’s not the case for those who have flocked for the National Pigeon Association’s National Convention in Vancouver this weekend where 3,700 of them will be displayed this weekend. In a report filed  by The Columbian, the show will exhibit over 350 different breeds, almost all of them bred for their unique genetic traits like cooing sounds, speed, and desirable plumage. Despite the negative connotations with feral pigeons, the article stated domesticated pigeons have been bred since the 1300s and are still serve practical purposes today. Racing homers (which can reach speeds of 70mph) have been used for communication in military combat throughout the 20th century, and today send critical medical samples across a congested New York City. Although feral pigeons only live about 18 months, domesticated pigeons average a lifespan of 10-15 years, with some reported to have lived  over 30 years. The convention highlights a thought-provoking point of view of these birds and  introduces a new pigeon paradigm into our Pacific Northwest.

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