At the intersection of Union and Nevins Streets in Gowanus, Brooklyn is an former box factory. Down the alleyway you will find the wonderful Proteus Gowanus at 543 Union St, an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room. And to contrast the din of truck traffic and hum of HVAC you will now hear the Birds of Brooklyn! Fittingly, their current exhibition is all about migration.
The Birds of Brooklyn can now be heard on the other side of the river!
The next time you are visiting the High Line in Chelsea, take a short walk down 26th Street and LISTEN for the sounds of New York City’s displaced and by-gone birds– now installed at Mixed Greens ( 531 West 26th St, 1st Floor, NYC ).
Recent study shows that the noise of the city really does affect our bird neighbors:
Steve Nowicki studies animal communication and says young songbirds learn from older ones, so after a while differences in style emerge. ”We know that birds can be attentive to very subtle differences in their songs in the context of choosing whom to mate with,” he says.
So if birds from the city can’t flirt with birds from the country anymore, “those birds are actually going to be less likely to mate with each other,” he says. “I mean, literally they’re going to stop being able to speak the same language.” >> Read more at npr.org
Learn about how you can support Brooklyn’s bird populations.
Birds of Brooklyn is now featured on Celebrate Urban Birds!
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has decades of experience connecting hundreds of thousands of people with nature. Their newest initiative, Celebrate Urban Birds, involves using visual and performing arts, participatory art, and science projects to engage city dwellers.
If you are an educator or parent try out the Birding by Ear activity.
Listen for the Birds of Brooklyn at beautiful Willowtown Gardens - located in right in heart of Brooklyn Heights at 72 Joralemon Street.
When walking down Flatbush Avenue from the Nevins subway stop, you might hear the sounds of Brooklyn birds over the din of truck and car traffic. Or if you happen to be visiting one of the many excellent businesses at the Metropolitan Exchange building, located at 33 Flatbush Avenue , take a moment to LISTEN to the Birds of Brooklyn!