Post-Holiday Warning

Pigeon wearing a traffic safety vest

By Health and Safety Reporter Marco Greyback

I would like to extend a post-holiday warning to all Brooklyn birds to watch where you step this February. This time of year there are sometimes bits of string and ribbon left over from the humans’ habits of gift exchanges in December and February.

As every careful bird knows, string can get entangled in our toes and cut off circulation. Many pigeons (or other birds) have lost toes or even a whole foot to bits of string. If you come across a piece of string, please take every precaution. I would advises storing it safely away in the southernmost bush on Duck Island, where it may help with making nests in spring.

Illustration: © Fiona Carswell, 2021.