FCI Petersburg Pigeon Project

By Christopher Zoukis

Image courtesy 123rf.com

Image courtesy 123rf.com

It’s with great pride that the Prison Law Blog today publicly acknowledges a thus far private project: the FCI Petersburg Pigeon Project.  For the past six years the founders of the Prison Law Blog have worked hard to care for the feral pigeon population at FCI Petersburg, a medium-security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia.  This care includes feeding, rescuing (from fellow prisoners and man-made structures), and providing medical care (when such care is possible).  The pigeon population numbers around 150 and includes esteemed members such as Little Whitey Ford, Betty Ford (Whitey’s wife), Mama Whiteface (the matriarch of the flock), Speckles the Clown, George Washington, Scrappy Cocoa, Terry Dactyl, and many more, all of which have their own quirks and characteristics.

With this project now made public, we invite you to read the FCI Petersburg Pigeon Project blog and to contribute by posting comments, asking questions, or even making submissions.  If you have a chance — and could use a bit of joy in your day — please swing by the blog and take a look at our first few posts.  While current posts focus on more day-to-day antics of the pigeon population, posts which profile esteemed pigeon “celebrities” are in the works, and these will even include drawings and paintings of each profiled pigeon (this is necessary since actual photos can’t be procured of the pigeons inside the federal prison).

In a place so deprived of humanity, the FCI Petersburg pigeon flock seems to produce something much like compassion.  This is perhaps why the project has become so important and so dear to those of us who participate.  Come join us in our mission to take care of the wild pigeons of FCI Petersburg and their incredibly funny and odd antics.

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