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A Word From Ward by Dr. Ward Stone
Pigeons: Times They Touched My Life
By Dr. Ward Stone
My memories of pigeons go back to early childhood. A picture in the living room of my mother’s home depicted an eighteenth century American barnyard which held some pigeons and a nesting area provided in the barn eves. Apparently this scene was true-to-life as boy told me that he was contemplating a pigeon trap that would be baited with corn to “take care” of a few resident pairs in his hay barn. His plan was to kill the pigeons with a slingshot and eat them. World War II was on then and I think he was unable to carry out the planned “pigeoncide” due to the bigger worries that came with the country being at war.
Later on, I remembered seeing the common multicolored pigeons on Main Street near the train yards in Chatham, New York. They were not disbursed and I suspected that fortunately for the pigeons, the young lad in the past had gained little support or interest from the public in his quest to destroy the Rock Dove. read more...
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Spunky the racing pigeon is one tough bird.
The woman who brought the bird in said a driver on Pearl street in Albany, NY went out of his way to kill the pigeon but he's OK and doing well, eating and is very friendly and perky.
Peter is rehabilitating Spunky, he will make it.
We are open
But some of the areas are still under construction. The two new additions, Kiki Parrot Pavilion and the Puffy pigeon memorial are open.
Here's the latest photo of Mitch the Eagle. The Navy Seal who rescued Mitch wanted to see how he was doing. He's doing great. He is a full grown adult Afghan Eagle. Much bigger than he was when he arrived.
Update on our construction projects.
Our new Puffy Memorial Pigeon Aviary is just about finished and the birds are loving it.
There's fresh water running down the rocks. Pigeons are rock doves and the like to stay in the rock shelters. which are cool and safe.
We have many bird species living together in harmony.
Here's some photos.
The rock doves like their new natural environment.
Kiki Parrot Pavilion
The building is up and it looks beautiful. The interior is ready for electrical and plumbing. This will be an exciting display where you can walk up and see the parrots up close, the area will be sectioned off for different species. This will be a state of the art building with climate control and beautiful designed. This is a memorial to Kiki a well love parrot. Here a few photos:
Kiki Parrot Pavilion
We are working on the inside. There will be live trees that roll on wheels and plants galore.
More photos coming soon.
Here's a new video by Navera Moritori, this is the second episode. take a look at it. The Flightless.
I wanted to include some of my favorite flightless residents in this episode. I picked my "top five" I guess you can say even though I love them all. Charon is the one who started it all. When I first visited the sanctuary he looked up at me with those sweet eyes and I fell in love with his little ghoul face.
August 17, 2015
We are lucky to have Navera Moritori an Ornithology student helping us with promoting our site, This is her first promo video and we think it is excellent.
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Come Visit! This is a very unique place.
wonderful for the whole family
Adults: $8, Children: $5
We do have a group rate of $5 per person
We don't have funding just our admission to
help feed and care for our birds
We are open from 9:am to 5:pm seven days a week from
mid May to the end of October.
Take Route2 east or west, until you get to Grafton, NY
Just 3 miles east of Grafton State Park, turn on Babcock Lake Road by the elementary school.
take Babcock Lake road a mile of so, then turn right on to Red Pond Road follow the signs and you're there.
See contact page for map