New York City

Birdlink NYC

Welcome to BIRDLINK NYC. We're currently in the development and early production phases for our first BIRDLINK sculpture. Pictured in the rendering is the full scale prototype to be installed at Sara Roosevelt Park. The broad goal of the BIRDLINK Network is to link green spaces across the city to function as wildlife corridors. Multiple simultaneous installations are planned, including two additional models at smaller scales to fit various spaces, audiences, and budgets. Below you will find information about the project, New York City's native and migratory birds, the plants that support them, and how to get involved.

Birdlink Migratory Birds

Migratory Birds

Find out more about NYC birds, their migratory paths, and why BIRDLINK is so important to the sustainability of urban birds!

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Building Native Plant Habitat

How Its Built

Each BIRDLINK is a carefully assembled sculpture built from native plants, stones, wood, metal mesh, and transparent viewing platforms.

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Birdlink at Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Sara D. Roosevelt Park

The site of the 2019 BIRDLINK is in Manhattan's Lower East Side at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

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BIRDLINK comes to New York City

BIRDLINK Lower Manhattan Locations
Sara D Roosevelt Park in New York City
BIRDLINK location in Sara D Roosevelt Park

The full scale BIRDLINK  will be installed in 2019 at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in readiness for the seasonal migrations on the Atlantic Flyway that pass through New York City. Enlivening a plaza in Sara Roosevelt Park, the site is located in a busy, economically and culturally diverse neighborhood that also hosts the African M’Finda Kalunda Garden and the Chinese Hua Mei Bird Garden for exotic caged songbirds.  BIRDLINK attracts wild birds that reside or migrate through the city and touch down in this park with native plants that support them. It responds and expands upon community interests, and highlights the shared the urban ecosystem. Birds appeal to diverse individuals and bridge cultural differencesDialogue is created when a community’s perception of a seemingly derelict place is replaced by an installation that activates that space.

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. 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

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

Bird Migration Patterns
Atlantic Flyaway Map for Bird Migrations

Atlantic Flyway Map

New York City resident birds include Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Robin and many more. Other colorful birds pass briefly through New York City on their way to larger woodlands and forests,  the orange Baltimore Oriole, the red and black Scarlet Tanager, the yellow patterned with black and greens  Warblers. They fly through the night with southwest winds during the spring migration – that  begins in February and tapers off rapidly by early June. They pass through again in autumn. Birds come from the Arctic tundra  the Amazon rainforest, the Argentine pampas, and places in between. They leave our latitudes each fall when food sources disappear with colder weather. The seasonal shifts link us with the entire Western Hemisphere.

Credit: Roger F. Pasquier: Interrupted Landscapes: The Future of Bird Migration