The first prototype will be installed at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, in time for the spring bird migrations that bring birds to our city as they cross the Atlantic Flyway.
During the four-season cycle, plants will take root within a coil of wire baskets that become food and shelter for passing birds. Milkweeds feed hummingbirds and Monarch Butterflies. Honeysuckles are nectar hotspots, and fall and winter berries attract species like Purple Finches and Hermit Thrushes.
Public spaces need activation to create community.
Artiﬁcial structures play a role in conservation and education and increase green space.
The North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) states that more than one-third of North American bird species are at risk of extinction.
Migratory Birds of New York
American Tree Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak Blue Jay
BIRDLINK NYC Time Frame
Construction, Planting, Maintenance, Public Outreach Programming
- Put structure in place
- Plants added as seeds and plugs throughout the growing season
- Autumn and winter growth and berries to be maintained as the year passes
- De-installation - ﬁnal planting into permanent site TBD with Parks Dept.
- Plants originate at Staten Island Native Plant Nursery
- Planting and maintenance phases overseen by Gerchick and community collaborators throughout the year
- Event and education programming throughout the year in concert with local schools and community organizations
- Community participation in regular maintenance, ecological and cultural programs
- Citizen science projects with the Audubon Society and The Cornell Ornithology Lab and Bio Bus
- Mobile apps are free and available to help people contribute observations to avian population surveys
- Art and citizen science projects to be coordinated with local schools and community centers in the neighborhood, and during public events with the general public with coordination with Sara D. Roosevelt Parks Coalition