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It has been a wild first year of existence. ONE YEAR!
So much has happened and its been a real treat to share and engage with so many people who are also deeply interested in the growing conception of what co-existing is and can become. Here's a quick look at some of the major events this year:

APRIL- IFIAAR website went live and included tee shirts and the first publication, 1973, a photo book compiled by Molly Adams of the Feminist Bird Club.

JULY- IFIAAR attended its first fair, the San Francisco Art Book Fair and released Lala Albert's Recent Visits and Observations, a zine including various life drawings and studies from travels.

AUGUST- IFIAAR acquired land in the Mojave desert just north of Joshua Tree, California.

SEPTEMBER- IFIAAR hosted its first educational summit and art event called Classroom in NYC's Lower East Side at Entrance. This was a week long event including art, lectures, walks, and workshops. It was a true delight and inspiration to 659-----\
\ (CHIPPY TYPING) engage face to face with so many folks. The following week IFIAAR was invited to participate in the first Utopian Vision Art Fair in Portland Oregon. Facilitated by local ambassadors, Mixed Needs, Shawn Creeden, and Lisa Schonberg, IFIAAR hosted a forest kiosk of information and displays relating to relevant processes and practices. Just in time for the NYABF, IFIAAR also released a special free pamphlet of Vegan Cooking Essentials by Nick Norman and Chelsea Reich.

DECEMBER- In conjunction with Miami Art Week, IFIAAR released a cassette of Miami duo Archival Feedback's composition A Call to Bird. IFIAAR also hosted a tattoo flash fundraiser in Los Angeles with tattoos by Johann Mun and House of Ruin and raised over $1000 for organizations that specifically work to prepare and act to help animals in times of disaster.

I would like to take a minute to thank every human who has been supportive through this process and continues to support the ideals of the Institute for Interspecies Art and Relations. This year has really proven to me there is a place for this art, rhetoric, and action and I am looking forward to seeing where you and I go with it this next year :-)

Aidan Koch, president, director, CEO, secretary, treasurer of IFIAAR, inc.
'On Greek tombstones of young girls in the fourth and fifth centuries B.C., the dove symbolises simplicity and innocence, while in the Roman catacombs it represents human souls rather than the spirit. While even further back in time, described in an Egyptian text of the thirteenth century B.C., the goddess Anath- one of the great goddesses, who conceives but does not bear, who is perennially fruitful but does not lose her virginity- chose the dove as one of her favourite animals, because of its reported fecundity. A cult stand exists showing a relief of the naked goddess holding two doves in her arms as she sits with her legs apart to display her sex.'- Miriam Rothschild in Butterfly Cooing like a Dove

I'd now like to share a little story of love, confusion, and cohabitation.

We had just gotten back to the desert when our neighbor Andrew Storrs (a producer at the amazing For the Wild podcast) told me he had a surprise for me. He delivered me a box with a tiny little wiry blob in it. He'd found this blob below the Chinaberry tree covered in ants in the dark. I kept the box that night while frantically researching what to do with it. The next day, torn, I simultaneously called a rehabber an hour away who said it sounded like I had a pigeon but she'd be back home the next day if I wanted to bring it. I also tried putting it in a basket in the tree it was under since I couldn't find the nest. The little bird was screeching and in the sun with no parents in sight, so I brought it back in after an hour. Not long after I was standing back outside and heard a frantic rustle in the tree. I suddenly saw Mr. Nut (the property Scrub Jay) emerge with something bloody in his mouth! Shortly after I found a matching dead baby bird on the ground, probably the nestmate, obviously murdered by Nut (as Scrubs are prone to do, no judgement).

With some perhaps misguided encouragement I sought out baby bird formula to take care of things myself. Originally I thought 'yes of course I will raise him (actually did end up being male) until he is suitable for release'. Its been over 6 months and I'm still out on whether that is the appropriate thing to do! The situation is plagued with ethical conundrums of which the winner seems to be my own emotional attachment- isn't that always the way with us humans? I read the forums and blogs though and just couldn't come up with an answer. Having not been raised with any bird role models and inside a human house, its reasonable to assume his survival skills like escaping predators to finding enough wild food are lacking. The tendency to land on human heads is probably not a favorable habit in the wild either. Though perhaps in meeting a wild mate these things could be gained still, my own guilt is too great should things go wrong. Simply having intervened in what was going to be his death at one week old, a natural occurrence considering 60% of doves die the first year, I now have gained this responsibility in choosing what is his best life! 
I know rehabbers have ethical standards that they attempt to meet while civilians are discouraged from meddling with any native species. In my defense Chippy is a ringneck/collared dove which are invasive so biologists would certainly side with my keeping him I think. Of course its logical to attempt to protect poorly educated attempts at keeping or raising wild animals due to what most commonly results in tortured or deprived animals, its interesting to reflect on the various humans and cultures over time that keep non-domesticated animals as pets. This of course brings up questions about the barriers we create in our own lives between what is 'wild' or not and if humans are so separate from this world.

Chippy says 'Paul I barely knew thee head'>
In conclusion, I have learned a lot from this little freaky bird, including a deeper appreciation of the rock doves, mourning doves, and fellow collared doves that circulate around my home. I am the owner of a free flying house dove, a choice that you could make for yourself should you wish. If you're interested in learning more about the possibilities check out Palomacy

<La Jeune Fille a la colombe>



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