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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.

NEW YORK Species Of Special Concern

Local and Migratory Birds

Robins - the iconic bird of childhood currently suffer a 30% loss; part of a large trend among bird populations.

One-third of wintering North American bird populations have declined since 1966

Migratory Birds of New York

Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Orchard Oriole
Pine Grosbeak
Pine Siskin
Pine Warbler
Purple Finch
Red-breasted Nuthatch

American Tree Sparrow
Baltimore Oriole
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Grosbeak Blue Jay
Brown Thrasher
Chipping Sparrow
Common Redpoll

Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Towhee
Evening Grosbeak
Field Sparrow
Hermit Thrush
House Finch

Red-winged Blackbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Song Sparrow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-throated Sparrow
Yellow-rumped Warble


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