Each year my wife and I attend the American Craft Council show at St. Paul RiverCentre, this year on April 8. The level of artistry and skill is breathtaking. I highly recommend it, but that’s not the reason for this post. Each year we park in the Kellogg Blvd. ramp and walk across the skyway, which is constructed of vertical and diagonal steel beams that meet at floor level in a series of 45 degree angles. There are at least a dozen of these angles on each side, and in almost every one was a pigeon sitting on a nest. That was last year.
The show is held about the same week every year, and sure enough, the pigeons were again on the nest from one end of the bridge to the other. I pulled out the cel phone and took these photos. There was a snow squall blowing through, and the birds were hunkered down and looking rather miserable. One nest had an egg and no bird. In another, the hatched chick was huddled against its mother.
I know pigeons get no respect. The nests were spare and dirty. No one would think to place a DNR bird cam here, but it’s still interesting to see how nature has found a way in the middle of the city.
I love this post. What a neat glimpse into a tucked away little part of our urban environment.
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this post!
The other side of wildlife and skyway equation:
How wildlife, especially birds, adapt to human landscapes is fascinating. Maybe this nice post is the beginning of something bigger here?
apologies if the link doesn’t work.
Thanks for sharing this. ICYMI here’s my “pigeons in Saint Paul” article from earlier this year: https://www.minnpost.com/cityscape/2016/03/paradoxical-perspectives-urban-pigeons
Who has the guano contract?