project leader
Anina G
location
121 East Houston Street
(Lower East Side, Sara D. Roosevelt Park)
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New Partners in plants, birds and education

the project

 What’s good for birds is good for people. 

1. Your donation will activate a public space with a living sculpture for people and birds

BEGINNING SPRING, 2018: BIRDLINK in New York City
BIRDLINK is preparing to welcome birds to the city during the bi-annual bird migrations along the Atlantic Flyway. Support for local and migratory birds helps green urban neighborhoods and activate public spaces. The New York City Department of Parks has approved the installation of BIRDLINK at Sara D. Roosevelt Park at East Houston Street for 2018-2019. This is the first in a planned network of living sculptures intended to link fragmented urban habitats.

WHAT IS BIRDLINK?
BIRDLINK is a freestanding native plant garden sculpture designed to support urban birds and engage people. This spiraling green-wall grid is a living tapestry of native plants with windows framing a park on one side and a bustling urban intersection on the other. During the four season cycle, plants will take root within a coil of gabion wire baskets of rock and soil that become food and shelter for passing birds. 

2. Your donation will engage community and passers-by in focused observation and citizen science actions that grow environmental awareness

Citizen Science BIRDLINK engages the public with mobile bird and plant ID apps that collect data for conservation research by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon.  Education and engagement in conservation practices alert people to the importance of habitat conservation before changes and population loss become set in stone.

3. Your donation will be doubled:

The first $1,000 donated to our crowdfunding page will be doubled, automatically, through the Partnerships for Parks Matching Grant Challenge. Thank you for being one of our first donors and helping us to win these extra funds and bring BIRDLINK to New York City!

the steps

See our full schedule of work here.

Feb - April 2018:  construction, plant cultivation, outreach to local schools and community groups.

April - May 2018: Installation and planting of spring perennials

End of May: Opening Day! Join us (more info coming soon).

Summer - Autumn- Winter: Seasonal events, ongoing planting and maintenance, citizen science workshops

 

why we're doing it

Birds we know

 It is amazing to learn that robins - the common iconic birds of childhood - currently suffer a 30% population loss and that this is part of a large trend among bird populations. One-third of wintering North American bird populations have declined since 1966. That's in addition to the report by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) that more than one-third of North American bird species are at risk of extinction unless significant conservation actions are taken.

Urban Dwellers

It is important that cities located on continental bird flyways restore fragmented habitat for migrating birds on their journey, as well as for local bird populations in serious decline. Artificial structures can play an important role in the conservation of these species. They can also help to educate and engage people in conservation practices that increase green space and birdsong.  

Public Space/ Public Awareness

Public spaces need activation for people to engage there and create community. Environmental concerns are global, but local interventions that connect spaces and species can inspire minds. 

For even more information about why we need BIRDLINKny in our city, click here to browse our booklet.

budget

For Phase 1, we'll need to raise $20,000 in order to start our project. This is 1/2 of our total project goal (described below).

$3000 wire gabions filled with stone and re-used concrete, soil and felt

$8000  Plant materials 

$2000 solar irrigation syphon/pump

$10000 installation and de-installation

$1000 insurance

$2000 Transportation

$5000 design and management

community outreach



PROJECT SUBTOTAL = 19,383
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $581
TOTAL TO RAISE ON ioby= $19,999

 

updates

Browse our BIRDLINKny Book!

Click on our image below to browse BIRDLINKny's book!

Check out our 2018 schedule

February 2018         PRE-FABRICATION OF THE STRUCTURE IN THE SHOP

March 2018              TRANSPORT OF THE STRUCTURE TO THE SITE + ANCHORING

March 2018              FINISH CONSTRUCTION ON-SITE

March 2018              SOIL PLACEMENT - (CHOOSE A NON-FREEZING DAY)

March 2018              OUTREACH TO SCHOOL & SUMMER CAMPS (NEWSLETTERS, PHONECALLS, BROCHURE MAILING)

March 2018              ORDER/PURCHASE OF THE PLANT

April 2018                 INSTALL OF SPRING PERENNIALS - WATERING IF NECESSARY

April/May                  WATERING TO ORGANIZE IF LOW PRECIPITATION

May 2018                  OUTREACH TO MEDIAS

End of April 2018      INSTALL OF SUMMER PERENNIALS - PLANT TYING

May 2018                  INSTALL OF ADDITIONAL PLANTS, COLORFUL ACCENTS - ANNUALS

End of May                OPENING DAY

GUIDED TOURS FOR SUMMER CAMPS, COMMUNITY CENTERS, ECOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE OF BIRDS IN THE CITY, HOW TO PROVIDE HABITATS, FOODS 

June 2018                 MAINTENANCE OF THE PLANTING - WEEDING - DEAD HEADING- PLANT TYING

June-October            WATERING TO ORGANIZE 2 TIMES/WEEK

November 2019        PLANT & SOIL REMOVALS

December 2019        DE-INSTALLATION OF THE STRUCTURE

2019                          INSTALL AT ANOTHER SITE

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Mark S.
  • Kenward W.
  • Rick Hancox
  • Dr. Marsha Levy-Warren
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • SYLVIE C MORELLHORSET
  • Elias Scheer
  • Arnaud B
  • Andrew B Biskin
  • Laura
  • Danielle Alexander
  • Michael S.
  • Peter Scheer and Morrow Cater
  • Deborah S.
  • Monica Ladd
  • Gerry and Laura Khermouch
  • Teri And Scott Daniels
  • Luca Parolari
  • Dency Kane
  • Sally and Dan Coenen
  • Conchetta Daras
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Maggie Smith
  • Marie Salembier
  • Scheer William
  • Scott F.
  • Mark G.
  • Madeline and Phil Van Dyck
  • Diana Bloom & Ron Platzer
  • Cara Perlman
  • Nathan Tidd
  • Valerie Aldridge
  • Ruth E H.
  • David Chilewich & Deborah Weintraub
  • James Boorstein
  • SAL COSENZA ART + DESIGN
  • Andrea
  • Anonymous
  • Mark Nelson
  • Stephen Scheer
  • Anonymous