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The Pigeons of Education Technology

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Seriously. This is a real story: "Determined surfer saves pigeon from drowning on Venice Beach." "There are people who will go out of their way for a lowly pigeon," said one onlooker. Lowly pigeon. Ugh.

Via Buzzfeed: "Here's Everything You Didn't Think You Wanted To Know About Pigeons." It's a quick look at the new book The New York Pigeon by photographer Andrew Garn. I bought this book, and it is full of photos of some beautiful, beautiful birds.

The New York Times on "The Elusive Squab" (with a shout-out, of course, for the wonderful Wild Bird Fund): Q. Pigeons are everywhere, but has anyone ever seen a baby pigeon? A. No. They are mythical creatures born in adult form, like the Greek goddess Athena when she sprang from...

Via The Washington Post: “The Silicon Valley elite’s latest status symbol: Chickens.” Raising chickens isn’t shocking. Folks do it everywhere, particularly when they’re trying to perform “back-to-the-land” and “sustainable” lifestyles in the face of middle class, suburban malaise. But the subheader on this story points to how this might be...

This story (which like many I’ve posted here lately) is not about pigeons. But it nods at the ways in which birds are more complex beings than folks like B. F. Skinner ever gave them credit for. It also underscores the ways in which folks like B. F. Skinner and...

This isn’t a pigeon story but I would be remiss if I missed out on Sunday’s big “superb owl” joke. In honor of the birds, the Atlantic published a set of wonderful owl photographs.

This isn’t a pigeon story, but I’m including it here nonetheless. (And perhaps I’ll expand this project to include more bird news.) The headline from The National Post: “Australian birds have weaponized fire because what we really need now is something else to make us afraid.” The story is based...

I’ve made some changes to this site, most obviously updating the header image. Thanks to Bryan Mathers. (Why a pigeon?) Those who look closely will also note that I have also changed the copyright information. No longer is there a Creative Commons license on Hack Education material. This really doesn’t...

Who (and what) is welcome in public space? From Atlas Obscura: “What Pigeon Spikes Can Teach Us About People”: The motivations behind pigeon- vs. people-focused hostile architecture are, of course, different. So are the effects. But, Savic says, both “are part of the same principle of hard-coded exclusion,” in that...

Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct? @Grrlscientist explains: As extinctions go, the extinction of the passenger pigeon is truly a stupendous human achievement, unparalleled in recorded history: thanks to our penchant for relentless killing combined with large-scale habitat destruction, these iconic birds’ population crashed from billions to zero in...