|Image: Daylilies in Washington Square Park, photo courtesy Hubert J. Steed (source)|
Washington Square Park Ecology (WSP Ecology) is an environmental initiative to celebrate the wild things in the park. WSP Ecology’s first project is a mobile map of the trees, the historic flow and contemporary route of the channelized Minetta Brook/Creek, and the other environmental assets in the park such as nesting boxes. Local Ecology partnered with Washington Square Park Blog to raise money to hire a map developer. Thirty five donors gave $3,050 to the campaign which was hosted on ioby.org.
The mobile map needs a name! Leave your name suggestion in the comments by
Friday, December 14 Monday, December 15 at 11:59 pm EST. The names will be reviewed by Local Ecology, Casey Brown, two donors, and Washington Square Park Blog. The winning name will be announced on Friday, December 21, 2014 - Winter Solstice.
You can also tweet your suggestion to @localecologist (include #WSPEcology). We are also on Facebook at http://fb.com/localecologist.
The winner will receive two books! One copy each of Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City by Leslie Day c/o The John Hopkins University Press and New York City Trees by Edward Sibley Bernard c/o Columbia University Press.
Thank you for participating in our version of #GivingTuesday.
P.S. The mobile map was created by GIS and web designer Casey Brown. The tree data is derived from historic and contemporary tree surveys of Washington Square Park commissioned by the NYC Parks and Recreation Department. Creek data was generously provided by Steve Duncan of Undercity.org.
P.P.S. WSP Ecology has expanded to offer educational events in the park. This year, Local Ecology collaborated with local photographer Hubert Steed on a plant photography workshop; with Julie Cramer, a NYU Conservation Education graduate student, on a family nature scavenger hunt; and with Leslie Day, PhD on a fall foliage tree walk.