If you can find diamonds in the rough, then you can most certainly meet a friend during tough times. Those friends enter your life right exactly when you need them the most. It’ll be the foundation of your friendship, and from there you’ll know that they genuinely care about you. Also, it’s a vice-versa situation — you became their friend because both of you are vital to each other’s lives. Animals meet their best buds in a similar way, even when they are of different species. They build the most adorable friendships, which are often unexpected.
It just indicates that species or kind does not matter as long as you create connections with genuine intention. The most important thing is that you suit each other’s personality and are there through whatever phase you are in. In Lundy’s case, that someone is a pigeon named Herman. Both of them were dealing with special needs when they met at The Mia Foundation. Lundy is a chihuahua that was rejected by a breeder from South Carolina. He was deemed useless because he has been unable to walk since he was a pup. Luckily, The Mia Foundation took him in and gave him a home and the proper treatment he deserves.
Herman the pigeon was also stuck in a hopeless situation back then. He was found in a car park without the ability to fly until he was rescued by the foundation. The series of unfortunate events led the two animals to one another. Perhaps they understand each other’s circumstances and find comfort that they aren’t that different from each other. Herman and Lundy often sit on a pillow or a bed to cuddle and play — making them inseparable. They are obviously happy and content in the rescue center. With their existence in each other’s lives, not being able to fly and walk suddenly became not so much of a big deal.
The Mia Foundation has brought lots of animals to one another. Their center in Rochester, New York, is home to many animals with special needs. The rehabilitation place is a home for those searching for someone that can accept them for who they are. You can learn more about them from their website and Instagram page.
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.