photo series: Ghetto Birds - About pigeons: Ghetto Birds 5

Gudrun Stürmer, head of the 'Stadttaubenprojekt', in its shelter - the so-called 'Gnadenhof' in Frankfurt's district Oberrad. A container there is used as a quarantaine station for sick or injured pigeons. Stürmer founded the 'Stadttaubenprojekt' 30 years ago after she had started to pick up injured or sick pigeons from the streets and took care of them in her basement. {quote}I am not and have never been a pigeons fancier. But I started to think that pigeons are treated like shit in every way and decided to do something about it{quote}, she says. The 'Stadttaubenprojekt' has since grown to be one of the biggest pigeon activism projects in the world. Today it counts about a dozen volunteers who help take care and pick up pigeons, and about 300 members who help finance the project. But keeping the project alive remains a constant struggle. Money is always tight. And Stürmer is also afraid that her life project fails because she cannot find a successor who runs the project with the same enthusiasm as she does. Stürmer works every day and did not have a vacation for three decades.
Ghetto Birds 5

Gudrun Stürmer, head of the 'Stadttaubenprojekt', in its shelter - the so-called 'Gnadenhof' in Frankfurt's district Oberrad. A container there is used as a quarantaine station for sick or injured pigeons. Stürmer founded the 'Stadttaubenprojekt' 30 years ago after she had started to pick up injured or sick pigeons from the streets and took care of them in her basement. "I am not and have never been a pigeons fancier. But I started to think that pigeons are treated like shit in every way and decided to do something about it", she says. The 'Stadttaubenprojekt' has since grown to be one of the biggest pigeon activism projects in the world. Today it counts about a dozen volunteers who help take care and pick up pigeons, and about 300 members who help finance the project. But keeping the project alive remains a constant struggle. Money is always tight. And Stürmer is also afraid that her life project fails because she cannot find a successor who runs the project with the same enthusiasm as she does. Stürmer works every day and did not have a vacation for three decades.