Whitebird Ceremonial Dove Releases was inspired by the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. I was working on a project in my downtown apartment, television humming in the background. I glanced up at the TV just as they released 1,500 (I learned later) white birds, and I burst into tears, I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen! I never forgot that moment over the next several years, so I researched, asked questions, and as a world class procrastinator, began Whitebird several years later.
This summer it will be 24 years since I witnessed those closing ceremonies. And it seems like yesterday I’d sit in the loft, bundled against the cold watching for hours my first breeding pairs do their thang, imagining what was to come (I had NO idea!), and sometimes even falling asleep in my chair as the days grew shorter in fall and winter.
Whitebird has since, if I do say so myself, blazed the trail and promoted the traditional release of white doves by educating the public on the difference in using white homing pigeons that are trained to fly home quickly and safely. I remember my first years doing wedding shows–nobody had ever seen it before! And some had heard it was cruel to release doves. I jumped at every opportunity to explain that, yes, releasing ring-necked doves WAS cruel, since they couldn’t find their way home or find food in the wild. But not only can white homing pigeons fly home upon release, but they put on the most magical show as they circle overhead before heading home. Be sure to see my new video!
Many are the times I’ve received phone calls from people who don’t have an event in mind, but just want to get the straight scoop. I’ve always been a curious person myself, so I really love those people and welcome those phone calls. Each one is a believer when they hang up. Only a couple million to go.