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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on June 2nd, 2021

INFOGRAPHIC | Scroll Down To See Where Your City Ranks

CBC News

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:06 PM -Don't let the bed bugs bite, Hamilton because they're out there.

Hamilton ranked seventh on a list of Canada's top bed bug cities in 2018, according to pest control company Orkin Canada.

"Bed bugs are constant in Hamilton," said John Baardman, a local Orkin technician.

"The population isn't going down as far as I can see."

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The company's list is based on the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments it completed in 2018.

Toronto took the top spot, followed by Winnipeg then St. John's.

Terry Quinn, city project manager, said Hamilton is not unique bed bugs have been spreading across North America and affecting all cities.

The Orkin bed bug ranking doesn't surprise him, Quinn said because Hamilton is among the top 10 largest cities in Canada, so "I'd expect we'd be in the top 10."

Bed bugs can happen to anyone and in any place, he said, although they spread most easily in multi-unit buildings like condos, apartments and hotels.

But nobody is immune to the bed bug bites.

"As long as there's a human that's sleeping, the bed bug will attack," Baardman said.

Orkin Canada's made its list based on how many commercial and residential bed bug treatments it did in 2018. Click to see a larger image. (Orkin Canada)

The critters feed on human blood and are "finely tuned to be with human beings," he added.

Quinn said the city started seeing a resurgence of bed bugs within the last decade.

In late 2015, the city approved a $1 million bed bug strategy.

Quinn said they've noticed changes in awareness and landlord action since starting the strategy, and are hoping to extend it past June 2019.

"It's a significant issue," Quinn said. "It really depends building to building."

The city has more information on finding, preventing and managing bed bugs here.

If you have bed bugs, you may see a reaction to on your skin, tiny black droppings on bed sheets and frames, and the bugs themselves, according to Baardman.

"Bed bugs love cracks and crevices," he added, and are especially prevalent in bed box frames so people should check in the tufts and seams of their top mattress and box spring.

The bugs are also territorial and will branch out to other parts of the bedroom as the population grows.

They may start living in headboards, Baardman said, and behind pictures and mirrors and as the population gets really big, you could find them in curtains or window and door frames.

"It's at that pint you have a very serious infestation, but it happens often," he said.

Bed bugs can happen to anyone, said city project manager Terry Quinn. Unlike with other pests, human beings are their bait.

The city also recommends looking along bedroom baseboard cracks, around tables and night stands and in the cracks and corners of furniture, among other places.

If you find bed bugs, Baardman recommends catching one and putting it in a plastic bag, so experts can identify it.

Want to prevent the unwelcome pests? Then be aware of who's in your bed.

"A very common way to get bed bugs is to spend the night with somebody who has them," Baaderman said.

And be cautious of what you're bringing home especially used items like clothing, furniture, or book spines.

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Among its recommendations, the city says to check luggage and immediately wash and dry all clothes after returning from a trip.

Baardman also recommends keeping your place clutter-free.

"It's much easier to find bed bugs if you live in a simple environment."

If you think your sheets or clothing are infested, Orkin Canada suggests drying them on the highest heat possible.

Bed bugs are "good hitchhikers," the company stated, so "early detection is the best way to reduce the chances of an infestation."

Orkin Canada says the country's bed bug problems have grown in the past two decades. Travelling leads to more bed bug opportunities, as does greater density in living and working spaces, a spokesperson said.

Although Hamilton finished 13th on the company's 2017 list, Baardman doesn't think the city's bed bug problem necessarily got worse last year he just believes more people are calling his company.

"It was very bad a few years ago and it's still very bad right now," he said.

Bedbugs are unlike other kinds of pests, Quinn noted.

"They're not coming for food scraps of unsanitary conditions," he said. "They're coming for you."

This story was written for the CBC by Laura Howells.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on June 2nd, 2021

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on May 31st, 2021

Theyre everyones least-favorite house guestsand no, were not talking about in-laws. Were talking about bed bugs: the tiny, sneaky pests that can take over your home and start their own extended family in the comfort of your bedding and furniture. Did we mention they bite, too?

Bed bugs are increasingly common in residential settings, but that doesnt make them any more comfortable to deal with. These crawling critters are out for blood (literally), and theyll stop at nothing to get it from you. And lets be realno one wants to wake up with a bunch of painful bite marks.

When dealing with bed bugs, it helps to be informed so you know what to expect. Thats why weve combed over Orkins massive bed bug knowledge database and picked out five key facts every homeowner should learn about these nighttime nuisances.

They have a flat, broad, oval shaped body and dark brown colouring. Adult bed bugs are very small (4-5 mm long) but still visible to the naked eyeso you can put the microscopes away.

These pests are speedsters. Bed bugs have been recorded traveling at about a meter a minute. For a human, of course, thats nothing. But at a bed bugs size, its a full-on sprint. In fact, its the equivalent of a person running the length of a football field four and a half times in 60 seconds.

Bed bugs are nocturnal pests, meaning they prefer to feed at night. Typically, they are most active between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. But theyre also not too picky about timing and will seek a food source during the day if they get hungry.

Research from the University of Cincinnati has shown that bed bugs can carry almost 50 pathogens, which they leave behind in fecal matter. Fortunately, transmission of these pathogens to humans remains undocumentedbut we can all likely agree that having pathogens spread across our homes isnt ideal.

Bed bug populations can double about once every 16 days. That means if you have 500 bed bugs today, you could end up with 1,000 in just over two weeks. Yikes.

Now that you know the most interesting facts about bed bugs, its time to take steps to keep them from taking over your living space. The risk is real, but it can be greatly reduced with professional assistance. Call your Orkin Canada branch today to learn how to protect your home from bed bugs and keep yourself, your family and your guests out of harms way.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on May 31st, 2021

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on April 30th, 2021

You might not expect to hear about bed bugs in an office building because of its name but government workers are quickly learning that's not the case. Bed bugs in a Canadian government building are keeping workers at home. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time critters have shown up in government buildings.

A government building located at 70 Crmazie Street in Gatineau is shut down all because of bed bugs found in the office. The shut down is for the rest of the week with only one floor actually remaining open to workers.

According to CTV News, the bed bugs were first found on one floor of the building last week. When a canine unit came in over the weekend, beg bugs were found on every floor in the building.

And this isn't the first time that government buildings in the area were impacted by bugs being found in them.

On October 4 an office just across the Ottawa river in the capital was found to have bed bugs in it. Then the next day it was reported that a kitchenette in the building would also be treated for cockroaches.

"Dealing with pests in this building is nothing new for us. Bed bugs were first reported and treated on the first floor of the building in March and April 2018," an employee of the bed bug and cockroach-infested building in Ottawa told CTV News.

A former employee also confirmed the pest problem on Twitter.

And another Canadian made the most of the news by turning into a funny joke.

Last year another government building was also shut down and fumigated because of spiders. Employees at the Shared Services Canada building were sent away from the office twice after spiders thought to be venomous were spotted on two different occasions.

The second time the spider was spotted was after the building was fumigated. Both times employees were told to work from home.

A spokesperson for the department told the CBC that the spider found wasn't actually the venomous spider it was originally thought to be.

People working in the Gatineau government building, which is the building for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, are being told to work from home for the rest of the week or make arrangements to work somewhere else.

The one floor that remains open is the sixth floor where employees work with sensitive information and can't actually take their work home with them.

Hopefully, this is the last we hear of bugs infesting government buildings.

There are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on April 28th, 2021

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on April 28th, 2021

The nation's federal buildings have a big problem, and they're looking for help. The bed bugs in Canada's government buildings have gotten out of hand. Now they are looking for pest control contractors to take care of the problem.

A tender notice posted December 19, 2019 on the Public Works and Government Services website indicates that pest management services were being sought out for buildings in Ottawa and the surrounding area, as well as a number of other Ontario cities. The posting closed on January 27.

A second posting on the website from February 3, 2020, is also looking for pest control management contractors to work in the national capital region. The closing date is March 16.

According to CBC News, 31 federal buildings in total have been treated for bed bugs in the last year. While 25 of those are located in Ottawa and the surrounding region, three more are in Toronto, two are in Hamilton, and one is in Waterloo.

Public Services and Procurement Canada told CBC News that all of these buildings did not have what would be considered a "high level infestation issue."

Contractors will also be required to inspect and possibly treat the vehicles and residences of government workers.

Canada's government buildings have already had a number of bad experiences with bed bug infestations. One located at 70 Crmazie Street in Gatineau had to be completely shut down due to the biting insects.

A second Gatineau federal office was found to have a major bed bug issue. In addition, there were also problems with mice, bats, and bad air quality.

Bed bug infestations can become a huge problem, as fully exterminating them can be difficult.

According to Pest Control Canada, bed bugs can live for a year without feeding, and females can lay 300 eggs at a time that hatch in just ten days.

According to a ranking by Orkin, Toronto has the worst bed bug problem in all of Canada, closely followed by Winnipeg, Vancouver, St. Johns, and Ottawa.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on April 26th, 2021

Torontonians are absolutely disgusted by a new photo of a bed bugon the TTC, which surfaced recently online. People have not been holding back about it on social media and it's safe to say many do not want to sit on the subway seats anymore. In response to the backlash, the TTC has now commented to the bed bug sighting in Toronto.

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It all started when a photo of an actual bed bug on the chair of a TTC subway emerged onto Twitter. The photo was uploaded this morning and is starting to gain traction and cause widespread concern.

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The sighting led one Twitter user to call out the TTC and ask what they had to say about it. User @UrbanXposurescommented on the tweet an hour ago and wrote, "@TTChelps any response to this?!?". The TTC Customer Service responded promptly in approximately 20 minutes with their explanation as to how a bed bug could have gotten onto the subway seat.

Check out what the TTC had to say in response belowon Twitter.

Our vehicles are cleaned daily, unfortunately bedbugs can be found anywhere as they travel with passengers but subways are an inhospitable environment for them , however once we receive a complaint that particular vehicle will receive a deep clean ^TH

March 1, 2019

In other words, bed bugs could be seen on the subway at any given time, based on what the TTC Customer Service said. Yeah, we're getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

On the bright side, the TTC does state that subways are typically an unwelcoming place for bed bugs, so they might not be seen there super often or at least we hope.

Many Torontonians are unsurprisingly pretty grossed out by the bed bug sighting. The incident has even traumatized some people, who now swear off sitting on the train's seats.

Never sitting down again: confirmed

March 1, 2019

Guess its time to burn the subway

March 1, 2019

Literally something I have worried about my entire life. So happy I walk to work. Bedbugs are my greatest fear

March 1, 2019

looks like i'm standing forever now pic.twitter.com/IuRhfb1lqF

March 1, 2019

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March 1, 2019

To make things even worse, Toronto has also been named the bed bug capital of Canada. The city has the worst bed bug problem in all of Canada. One Twitter user even used this opportunity to call out city officials for failing to competently deal with the bed bug problem in Toronto.

Not at all surprising. This city needs to take bed bugs seriously. I bet if they had them in City Hall there would be more action. @cityoftoronto

March 1, 2019

If there's one thing you can learn from this, it's to watch where you sit or put your hands while you're riding the TTC subway. Or honestly, maybe just stand altogether. Those seats can be pretty gross regardless. Here's hoping no bed bugs come your way while you're commuting.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on April 9th, 2021

Ever wonder what prisoners tend to check out of their libraries?

by: Len Rome

(WYTV) Do you like your local library?

Thank philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The very wealthy industrialist from the late 19th century donated $55 million thats one-and-a-half billion in todays money to start 2,500 libraries across the world 1,600 of them in America.

The worlds biggest library is the Library of Congress, which has 168 million items.

It pays to reproduce popular magazines in Braille, including Playboy.

The McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas is housed in a converted Walmart and may be the largest single-story library in the country it has its own auditorium.

The Haskell Library and Opera House sits directly on the border between the United States and Canada. You can walk in from Stanstead, Quebec and walk out into Derby Line, Vermont.

What do inmates check out of their prison libraries? Lots of paranormal romance novels, young adult titles and the Left Behind series.

Library books can get dirty everything from traces of cocaine, to the herpes virus to bed bugs have appeared on the pages.

At Marshs Library in Dublin, Ireland, visitors who wanted to read rare books in the 1800s were locked in cages until they were done reading.

A Yale University library once allowed stressed out students to borrow a therapy dog.

The highest fine ever paid for an overdue library book was $345.14 for the book Days and Deeds. A library patron checked it out in 1955 from the Kewanee Public Library in Illinois. In 2002, Emily Simms found a book of poetry her mother had taken from the Kewanee Public Library in Illinois in 1955 and apparently forgot all about it. Emily paid the overdue fine.

The Guinness World record for the most overdue library book is held by Robert Walpole, of England. Bob borrowed a book from the Sidney Sussex College in 1668. His descendants returned it in 1956 288 years later. There was no fine the library said it was just happy to get it back.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on March 26th, 2021

SEATTLE Here's a pigeon theory: Beneath all that cooing and head-bobbing and snack-hoovering lie piles of seething rage.

Those of you who fail to spend much time in deep pigeon thought and this is basically everybody sit down here on the park bench, and consider: If the ubiquitous birds often defamed as the "flapping rats of the skies" were able to speak and perhaps appear at a large-scale, communal pigeon event, such as an avian political convention the acceptance speech would be fairly predictable.

"Each and every one of us," the demagogic pigeon would intone, furrowing its feathery brow and waving a single wing awash with peanut-butter smears, Slurpee stains and popcorn husks in a sweeping motion at the brood amassed beneath a bridge or roofline, "has been treated terribly unfairly!"

"And we're not going to take it anymore."

A mass airing of pigeon grievances surely would commence, followed by calls for vengeful actions against mankind, including, but not limited to, strategic bombing runs at local weddings, picnics and newly established, pandemic-era outdoor dining areas.

The cooing would be cacophonous and clattering, and the uncontrollable herky-jerky bobbing of heads would make goose-stepping look quaint.

As frightening as all that might be and, let's face it, there are a lot of these things out there, and they do know where you live an honest person would say it's tough to quibble with the pigeon's point.

Among the masses of fauna, the pigeon occupies a rung on the human scale of fuzzy affection somewhere between a common garden slug and the lesser polliwog.

Not only are pigeons rarely respected, but they're also often considered like talk-radio hosts, bedbugs and congressional lobbyists loathsome pests.

If you doubt this, go ahead and Google "pigeon expert," and note the percentage of listings on the first couple of pages linking to services that will get rid of the birds.

This is something you're just not going to see for, say, cockatiels, Labrador retriever puppies, baby giraffes or even a tufted titmouse.

Be honest: The most common reaction to the "pigeon sound" feature on bird websites is a fervent plea to JUST MAKE IT STOP!

You will never see a chief of state appear at a podium bearing the great seal of a rock pigeon clutching a scroll of universal truths in its right foot, and a Hostess Ho Ho wrapper in the other.

Likewise, good luck booking an exclusive two-week safari to drink up the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the majestic rock pigeon, Columba livia (the real name for the common "street pigeon"), in its native habitat. (The fact that said habitat is often the cracked-vinyl awning of an out-of-biz bowling alley in Spokane might have something to do with this, but the bird itself is simply not a big draw.)

We could go on. Unlike the eagle (see: John Denver and others) or even the relatively lowly gull (if you're up to it, see: Neil Diamond), people don't generally write songs about pigeons.

(Possibly jarring personal note: I say "generally," because one recent day, humming along to a catchy early Elton John/Bernie Taupin tune, the author's wife stopped what she was doing, looked at him and said: "You know that song's about a pigeon, right?" Deep contempt. And to this day, "Skyline Pigeon" has never been quite as enjoyable, sad to say.)

None of which is to say they should be outlawed or, like the pit bull, even highly frowned upon in tonier jurisdictions. Especially when they are appreciated for their unique traits and a particular genius at adapting by learning to live with, and off of, humans.

So let us dust off a few actual pigeon facts.

The "chunky," usually gray rock pigeon has pointed wings, a black bill with white base, red eyes and eye rings, and feet the color of a well-roasted slab of sockeye.

They are extremely fast flyers the source of their one bit of fame, performing as racing or homing pigeons, discussed below and, being community-minded, they like to hang in flocks.

Not helping their image or their comparison to rats is the plucky pigeon's procreation propensity: In a reusable nest built with supplies from the male and design/assembly by the female, a pigeon couple can produce a half-dozen broods per year.

Eggs, laid by the two, are incubated for 16 to 19 days and fed by "pigeon milk," a protein-rich fluid produced in both parents' crops which we imagine has something of an Orville Redenbacher's aftertaste. Youngsters fledge at about four weeks and go off in search of their own adventures, or just discarded hot dog buns.

Numbers being key to survival, eggs for the next brood often are laid while the current one is still occupying the children's table in the pidgy kitchen.

The birds, which are true locals in the sense they don't migrate, came here from Europe (thanks, Pilgrims!) in the 17th century and spread like ... well, pigeons, across the continent.

While its urban presence is often seen as annoying, the pigeon is not an invasive species in the sense that it's bogarting valued real estate or food sources prized by other bird species: Its home turf, in natural cliff bands and human-built roof eaves, bridges and other structures, is fairly low-rent.

And, in a macabre twist, the pigeon actually has been beneficial to other birds such as raptors, sadly serving as a food source for hunters such as the Peregrine falcon, whose comeback has been credited partially to the successful spread of urban pigeons.

They live well around lots of people because, like us, they appreciate a handout: The urban or "common" rock pigeon has grown dependent on humans for food. The pigeon is known for its cast-iron stomach, to some degree its food choices are eclectic. In the wild, the birds eat more seeds and grain than Cheez-Its and popcorn.

Yes, we said "wild": These birds are not all just bebopping around Pioneer Square in that classic buddy-can-ya-spare-a-touch-of-that-baguette swagger the pigeon has become known for.

Like they used to, pigeons still thrive in the unpeopled fringes of the Northwest. Bands of what urban-dwelling cousins might consider prepper pigeons live, breed and fly among rock cliffs in places such as the Channeled Scablands of Central Washington. (Good places to look include all the basalt cliffs on the dry side of the state, especially conservation areas such as the beautiful Columbia National Wildlife Refuge between Othello and Moses Lake.)

Whether city or country birds, pigeons live as long as 15 years if well-housed and fed which most of them aren't, leading to a more realistic lifespan of a few years in the "wild," says Dennis Paulson, a bird expert at the University of Puget Sound's Slater Museum of Natural History.

Their success is not secret: Unlike the vast majority of other bird species, they have learned to not only coexist with, but also thrive among, the planet's primary invasive animal species, the ubiquitous human being, Paulson notes.

Adaptability is a key driver in evolution, and here, the lowly pigeon excels.

Within the pigeon family are several well-known and less-dissed "cousins," of a sort, the most popular of which have become distinctive purely through selective breeding. Among these is the "homing" or "racing" pigeon, bred to emphasize the bird's remarkable skills as swift-flying, uncanny long-distance navigators.

Racing pigeons, souped-up with special feed and training, are driven to a location 60 to 600 miles away from their home region and released, with flights back to their home roost recorded via timers and bands (old-school, using a specialized mechanical pigeon racing clock), or more modern radio-frequency ID devices and GPS tags.

The sport of pigeon racing, known for a single start gate and 1,000 finish lines, grew from the use of pigeons as message carriers during World War II. (The British trained them to deliver paper messages in leg tubes; the Nazis, of course, trained falcons to take them down.)

Because you asked: Yes, of course; performance-enhancing drugs have been documented in racing pigeons, and winners in major competitions are now dope-tested. (It is unknown whether any have been found with gigantic bobbing heads, such as Barry Bonds.)

Since the mid-1800s, pigeon racing has been, and remains, huge in Belgium, but has swept the globe and is particularly popular in China, where a racing pigeon with divine bloodlines sold at auction last year for nearly $2 million.

But the United States and the Puget Sound area are in the game, as well. The earliest bird racers reportedly were immigrants who settled in the Beacon Hill area.

Matt Tinder, an acclaimed pastry chef with a shop in Bremerton, is a newbie member of a racing club in Burien. A self-described busybody, Tinder picked up pigeon ranching a couple of years ago.

"I'm the type of person who has to be doing something to relax," says Tinder, proprietor of Bremerton's Saboteur Bakery.

Some people walk their dogs and groom their cat; Tinder feeds and trains selectively bred pigeons in the birds' backyard "loft," although he doesn't breed them himself.

Pigeon care includes twice-daily feedings/check-ins and, for racing birds, training. In a nutshell, this means taking them from the loft and releasing them at increasingly farther distances from home, then watching for their return.

Races for his club are computerized the birds are tracked by GPS. Fastest time from release point to home, adjusted for mileage, is the winner.

"The idea is, they're like any other athlete," Tinder says. Diet and training are key. Although they're the same species, putting a street pigeon into a pigeon race would demonstrate the vast difference in physiology attained by centuries of breeding. It would be like putting most of us on a soccer pitch for a Sounders game, Tinder says.

"We'd last, like, five minutes," he says, highly optimistically.

Tinder's pigeon brood is up to a couple of dozen. Yes; sometimes they go out to train, or race, and don't return, although that's fairly rare.

"They're quite the meal, I guess. The best food in the sky for a falcon or hawk."

On occasion, regular park pigeons will follow his racing birds home. When they get there, they seem confused, and eventually fly off, back to their old stomping grounds.

Like any sport or hobby enthusiast, pigeon racers enjoy socializing, swapping care tips and doing something unusual that holds their interest.

For Tinder, feeding pigeons is an interesting action-reaction activity not unlike dealing with active yeast.

"It's very similar to what I do for a living," he says. "It's like, I do these things with these ingredients, and then it does THAT?"

Pigeons, trained or couch-dwellers, do have their own personalities, which owners notice over time. Owning them and caring for them daily has given him a new appreciation for wild things and the environment we share with them.

"I notice the sky more than I ever did before," he says. "You just all the sudden start looking up all the time."

That common respect, bird experts such as Paulson note, is as good a reason as any to honor the street pigeon, looking past its low-rent image.

Most disdain for the birds is due to their tendency to mass-assemble; stubbornly overcoming obstacles to nesting in places people don't want them; and, of course, marking that territory with what can seem prodigious piles of poop.

Contrary to popular perception, the pigeon is not an unduly prolific defecator certainly not on the order of, say, a pellet-dispensing marvel such as the Canada goose. Pigeons' output often loathed just for its general nastiness and also for spreading some funky fungi is their worst enemy when it comes to human interaction.

The best way to avoid problems with this is to block their entrance to nesting areas where the inevitable pile is likely to be problematic.

The bird actually is a fascinating, quirky, long-term neighbor to humans that can and should be appreciated, if one gets past the mass-flocking complications, Paulson says. (Often, this assembly problem is our own fault; aside from parks and public squares, pigeons congregate in places such as feed yards or railroad depots, where grains or garbage are routinely spilled, opening the doors to a pigeon buffet.)

"Some people really love them," Paulson says, particularly elderly people who religiously feed them in parks and open areas.

Seattle, like most large cities in temperate zones, has a good share of pigeons and their close relations, doves.

One of the pigeon's most distinct characteristics the constant head-bob while walking isn't the product of some evolutionary accident, he says: It's actually an effective defense mechanism. The head-bob, slowed down, demonstrates a pigeon's adjustment between its field of vision and its stride, making the head "catch up" to a moving body to keep a steady gaze while the body moves over obstacles.

It looks goofy but allows the largely ground-dwelling pigeon to scan for sky-bound predators more effectively, Paulson says.

"It's a way of reorienting."

Like many, he appreciates the birds most for their adaptability. When he lectures about birds, Paulson often starts with the grim reality of the ongoing collision between humans and wild animals.

It's a simple line graph: Human numbers going up in one direction, bird numbers down in another. Most local bird species are on the decline, including the vast majority of the Northwest's iconic seabirds. There are a couple of exceptions.

"Gulls are doing fine," Paulson says. "Guess why? They've learned to hang out with people, or at least be comfortable around people. You're not going to get a puffin landing on your picnic table and eating French fries."

Precise pigeon numbers aren't really known, but appear stable.

"I have lived here 52 years now, and there's no evidence in my head that they've gone up or down," Paulson says. Unquestionably, that's a result of the pigeon's dtente with mankind.

"Ivory-billed woodpeckers and passenger pigeons couldn't do that," he notes.

Score one for the lowly pigeon, which serves another important, oft-overlooked role: For some of us, it's really the sole remaining connection to the world of wild creatures.

That's important.

Bottom line: We're here together for the long haul, people and pigeons. Curse them, or embrace the coo and learn to appreciate what they give us, Paulson suggests.

Pigeon appreciation is in the eye of the beholder, but a clear-eyed view might reveal something most of us look past on a daily basis, he thinks. "They're beautiful birds."

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