Rough concept for a new sticker I’m designing. I’ll often see a bird and point it out to people, saying “such a good bird!” Which is really any bird who goes around doing whatever bird-like things they’re supposed to do. So to me, they’re all good, and each deserving of love and a healthy environment and conservation management.
Each bird here has been maligned or been given a bad reputation in some way.
Canada goose: complaints of overpopulation lead cities to destroy their eggs and nests
Starling: large crops eat farmer’s crops
Crow/raven: symbolic of bad luck and destruction in literature and folklore
Prairie chicken: accused of not being worthy of conservation because their name has “chicken” in it
Pigeon: reputation for being dirty; called “rats with wings”
Cuckoo chick: pushes other eggs out of the nest
Kookaburra: steals your sausages
Cassowary: capable of killing you
Rooster: noise complaints in cities cause them to be banned in urban farming, considered useless in the egg/poultry industry
Hen/chickens: considered stupid, not worthy of humane livestock keeping practices, butt of stupid KFC jokes
As I write this list, I realize I’m leaving out a lot- double breasted cormorants, turkeys. What else, guys? I will probably have to make two stickers.
The idea here is not to say that birds never cause problems for humans, but to approach those problems with a respect for the birds as living beings instead of diseases to be eradicated.
Maybe once the stickers are made, I can send them to conservation groups as a little present, like a “keep fighting the good fight” sort of thing!