April 26, 2019

EXPLORE BIRDS - Spring Into Action Day at Sasaki Garden

EXPLORE BIRDS, April 13, 2019, ©Olivo Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau

Spring has arrived in NYC. The EXPLORE BIRDS collection is heading outdoors. The first stop for the collection was Spring Into Action! Day hosted by New York University Faculty Housing in the Sasaki Garden.

EXPLORE BIRDS, April 13, 2019, ©Olivo Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau

EXPLORE BIRDS, April 13, 2019, ©Olivo Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau

A selection of books accompanied the specimens. We provided materials for biological drawing. Given the location, a 1.5-acre greenspace, we hosted a bird walk. We spotted 15 species in the Sasaki Garden. Participants also spontaneously shared their bird stories. (Eco Projects wants to audio record and broadcast your stories - stay tuned.) One of the participants told me that she and her daughter found a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet after it struck the window of their building. They brought the bird inside to care for it but it died shortly afterwards. They were inspired to tell their story after seeing kinglet on the list we were keeping during the event. Sparked by this story, we would like to distribute printed materials about preventing window strikes in future pop-up sessions.

EXPLORE BIRDS, April 13, 2019, ©Olivo Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau

EXPLORE BIRDS, April 13, 2019, ©Olivo Courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau

I will continue to post about EXPLORE BIRDS events I staff in this space. Birds in the collection will also travel independently of me with the Uni Project EXPLORE program this season. If you live in New York City and are interested in Washington Square Park, birds, trees, and nature in general, subscribe to the WSP Eco Projects email newsletter.

Thank you to all the participants and to  the NYU Photo Bureau and the Pomerantz family for photographs of the event!

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