Washington Square Park Eco Projects is an environmental initiative whose mission is to celebrate and conserve the nature of Washington Square Park through monitoring, education, and advocacy.

The Park

Washington Square Park is a 9.75 acre park owned by the City of New York and managed and operated by the NYC Parks and Recreation Department. The parkland’s past lives include, in reverse chronological order, a a military parade ground, a cemetery, and a marsh. The land on which the park sits is the territory of the Lenape.

Staff

Georgia Silvera Seamans, Co-founding Director

Georgia Silvera Seamans is an urban and community forester. She directs Washington Square Park Eco Projects. Looking at trees in Washington Square Park led her to bird watching and to develop EXPLORE BIRDS, a pop-up bird education program with Street Lab. Georgia is a freelance writer and has bylines with Audubon.com, Audubon Magazine, and UrbanOmnibus.net. Her urban forestry and ecology research has been published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening and Journal of Arboriculture. She blogs about urban nature at LocalEcologist.org. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University, a M.E.M from from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a PhD in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley .

Loyan Beausoleil, Bird Program Manager

Loyan Beausoleil is an educator and a fine artist. She holds a BFA from the University of Oregon and an M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Biology from Miami University. Loyan is currently conducting research on Chimney Swifts, which are a NYC urban bird. She coordinated a NYC Swift Night out, a citizen science project, in September of 2019, and is developing Chimney Swift educational materials to be used with the EXPLORE BIRDS program. Loyan also holds the New York State Children’s Program Administrator credential. She presented an early childhood science curriculum at the 2017 Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Loyan served on the Teachers Advisory Board of the Wildlife Conservation Society from 2018 to 2019.

Partners

Our work is made possible through our collaborations. Thank you to all the individuals, collectives, and organizations that have lent your expertise and provided us with a multiplicity of resources. We would like to call out four groups of people specially. One, our heartfelt appreciation to the Uni Project for co-designing EXPLORE BIRDS and being an all-around cheerleader of our work. Two, a special thanks to Paul Sweet and Peter Capainolo of the American Museum of Natural History for supporting the development of our bird specimen education collection from mentoring us taxidermy to encouraging us to seek the educational permits. Three, we still talk about the phenomenal Feminist Bird Club walk in the park in October 2018; thank you to Molly Adams and her team for helping us share the magic of birding in the park. And four, we are forever grateful to Heather Wolf for being a great go-to bird guide and for introducing us to the concept of patch birding,

Founding Funders

Marcia M., Jeffrey Rathgeber, Anna Ruth Pickett, Robert and Colette, Sandra Mole, Havelock, Kimberly Kenney, Katherine Keltner and Douglas Gauthier, A.S. Evans, Ruth R., Kim P., Elizabeth Seamans, Spaid Patras family, Courtney Costello, Carolyn S., Carol F., Jee, Silvera Family, E and J, George S., Oren, Terry B., Robert S., and anonymous donors

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