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Meet the Amazing Birdman of Long Beach

Meet the Amazing Birdman of Long Beach


Written by Dan Lubniewski of California

I am known as the “Birdman of Long Beach.” I found my calling and have rescued and doctored over 3,000 pigeons on the street since 2005 and it’s not always easy for others to understand.

In a big lot where I fed and took care of hundreds of pigeons every day that were like family to me and that trusted me with their life, there were three gang-looking guys, about 17 or 18 years old, who threw a rock into the flock of pigeons hitting one and making him bleed. Then the guys decided to come and take a look at their accomplishment and probably would have stomped the little guy to death if I had not grabbed him in my hands before they got there.

I stood up and said, “You know this pigeon could have babies in a nest needing him to feed them.” I think I stupidly said something like, “Wow, three big tough guys can hurt a little pigeon, why don’t you fight a man.”

Only God knows how I got away with that. Maybe it was because of the hat I was wearing that said, “Marine.” Perhaps that made them realize they would not hurt me as easily as this defenseless little pigeon and they walked away. I was able to save the pigeon’s life.

Few people care enough to notice.

Saving ‘Invisible’ Victims

Last week I was sent to rescue a pigeon with his toes tied on both feet. One of his legs was tied really badly and turning white on busy Pine Street in downtown Long Beach. Three guys around my age and a woman were sitting at an outside table having coffee across from Starbucks. One of the men said something stupid about having a knife and I ignored him. Then he said something about putting the pigeon in a microwave. I said,”I will put you in a microwave. Pigeons are decorated war heros and I know that you were not.” That put an end to the taunts and I was able to save the pigeon’s leg and will take him back to his home in a few days.

In my eight years of rescue work, I have accomplished a lot and I am on the  U.S. Animal Rights Hall Of Fame Nominee List with names like Bob Barker, Betty White and Paul McCartney to name a few. I am proud that all my hard work and sacrifice has made an impact on getting pigeons some of the respect they really deserve. Few people ever cared about giving me a donation and I always figured it was because I save pigeons.

I only get about a thousand dollars a month from a disability pension from the Marines and no food stamps to cover my whole life. It’s expensive with bird seed, medicines and cat food because me and my pitbull Babygirl also have been going out at night feeding homelesss cats for years. We also spayed/neutered many of them and continue to do so. If anyone has the heart to help, it would truly be appreciated. Every penny I get goes to rescue, and because of it, I could never afford a car. And even if I had one I could not afford to put gas in it. I do not add luxuries to my life that would take away from my rescue work, which God chose and blessed me to do.

A Few Words About Dan’s Special Rescue Work

The Harmony Fund recently helped Dan provide emergency veterinary care to a badly injured calico cat. He tended to her with tremendous compassion and today the little calico he calls “Honey” is doing wonderfully. We’d like to do more to sponsor Dan’s bird rescue work as he has a constant influx of not just pigeons, but other injured birds which are dropped off to him by the animal control department, with no financial assistance to pay for these patients whose care runs about $225 a month.

Few people in this world would have the strength to take on a mission like this alone. We believe that Dan exemplifies the kind of compassion and devotion that we’d like to see grow in this world. Donations may be made online or by mail to Dan Lubniewski – P.O.Box – 21422 – Long Beach California 90801. Email


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8:32AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

You are such a good soul Dan. I have a soft spot for pigeons and do my best for them here in Montreal. Unfortunately, they are regarded as pests by the majority and ridicule me for caring. I had to pay a fine for feeding them, how ridiculous can it get.
With crime and corruption all around flourishing, the policeman is running after me to fine me. it is the law he said. Humans make these laws and they are not infaillible I told him but we were not talking the same language. Sure he knew not of Thoreau or compassion.

5:55PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

You are a hero of the very best kind Dan. I am called the Bird Lady. I used to live in Maui where I took care of roughly 175 wild birds of many different breeds. I also got all of the injured bird calls and orphaned babies always found their way to me. I too, am on disability, but I never complained about paying for the food and care of all of my babies. It is a once in a lifetime kind of love for me when I am with birds. I wish I could send you some monetary support, but every extra dime I do not have goes to 15 different bird, animal and environmental charities. But I will not forget you and I will try to restructure my budget so that I can help you with your life saving work. Thank you for all that you do.

7:59AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

$ 10 donated as promised!
Love from India :-)

5:55AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

God bless you Dan. If human kind learned of the peaceful ways of animals, we just might experience world peace. What are we afraid of. God Bless the military Vets who are Disabled. I like in a city that has 5 military bases and disabled vets are every where and I always help them when I can. Where I live, there are quite a few vets that are disabled and are wonderful people like Dan. If they need help, they know they can call me or simple ask. We owe gratitude to any military that made a nation or country it's freedom we have today. Thank a vet. Their smile in return is a life time memory that warms the heart knowing someone cares when they have lost everything.

11:04AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

It's incredible to me that animal control, I don't care for that cold name, btw, drops off injured animals to Dan and he is expected to front the costs living on $1K a month. Jeez ma neez. So much money is printed out of thin air and moved around on computers and wasted, and yet this man gets no assistance. Bizarro world.


11:04AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

It's incredible to me that animal control, I don't care for that cold name, btw, drops off injured animals to Dan and he is expected to front the costs living on $1K a month. Jeez ma neez. So much money is printed out of thin air and moved around on computers and wasted, and yet this man gets no assistance. Bizarro world.


9:28PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

What an amazing and compassionate man. I really respect how much work he does and how tirelessly.

12:53PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

God Bless you always Dan, you are fantastic!

10:36AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thank you, Dan, for your wonderful work. You truly are a blessing.

9:37AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Dan. I read your story & I agree, pigeons are very gentle, peaceful & sweet birds & I also especially love cats & feed quite a few homeless ones around where I live in Japan. God bless you in your wonderful & amazing work. I've donated & will do so again soon.

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