QUERCUS in Washington Square Park

Local Nature Lab, our parent org, commissioned Data Vandals to design and build QUERCUS. The data-rich bio-artwork was piloted in Washington Square Park on July 30, 2022. A big shout out to the backers of the Kickstarter campaign and to all the park-goers who took a look, asked questions, and shared stories. Enjoy this video

Two children in pink jackets posting with their bird art.

Nature Programming for All

We hosted two programs in April to spotlight the biodiversity of New York City with a focus on birds. On April 21, we unveiled a new art activity: What’s Your Wingspan?, at the Earth Day celebration in Union Square. We traced children’s outstretched arms, measured the span, and the children illustrated an imaginary or real

person sitting beneath a tuliptree and reading a book, washington square park, fall 2021

Washington Square Park Nature News – Nov 2 2021

As always, we’ve got “feather and foliage” news. On October 16th, we hosted a Birdtober 2021 count. The group observed 21 species including yellow-bellied sapsucker, flicker, ruby-crowned kinglet, various thrushes and sparrows, towhee, and palm warbler. Thank you to the folks who participated in this collabirdtive event. The park is still full of birds. We

A white board A list of bird species observed and heard at the Naval Cemetery Landscape in May 2021

Conducting fieldwork with children

At the 11th Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase, Georgia spoke about Explore Birds, an environmental education program, as a pathway for children to learn basic field methods. Field work is perceived as happening in the realm of adults but children can conduct field work. Environmental education programs area perfect vehicle to introduce observation skills and various

three red-tailed hawk eggs in a nest on a window ledge with tree canopy in the background

Washington Square Park Nature News – Jul 2021

Washington Square Park Nature News July 2021 edition: Public parks are our local nature Red-tailed hawk breeding season This year’s red-tailed hawk breeding season in Washington Square Park was unsuccessful. The female did lay three eggs and sat on them well beyond the typically incubation period. She eventually abandoned the nest. The pair is a

Event – Bird Program at the Naval Cemetery Landscape

Explore birds with us at the Naval Cemetery Landscape on May 2nd, 10:30am EDT. The NCL is located on the Brooklyn Greenway. Activities include a kid-friendly bird walk and bird craft, with an opportunity to check out some bird specimens. BYOB- bring your own binoculars! RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-friendly-bird-program-at-the-ncl-tickets-151729736727.

Explore Birds From Home 2020 – Session 1

Participating in Explore Birds From Home 2020, kids 5-10 years old will learn about birds, their super powers, and create bird-inspired objects using common household items. We kicked off the program on August 25th. We went on a treasure hunt for red objects and shared stories about them, compared a red-tailed hawk eye to the

Explore Birds From Home program flyer

Explore Birds From Home

Kids 5-10 years old, join Eco Projects + KoKo NYC for free bird natural history and maker classes! We will learn about birds, their super powers, and create bird-inspired objects using common household items. There is a new theme each class. The first theme is BINOCULARS and class will be held on Tuesday, August 25th,

Our Past Work, 2018-2014

The seed for Washington Square Park Eco Projects took root in 2013. We launched as WSP Ecology in 2014 with the park’s first online tree map, WSP Eco Map. The map also featured layer of Minetta Brook’s historic and contemporary flows. In 2016, we received our first permit to conduct a long-term wildlife survey from

bird specimens from WSP Eco Projects ed collection

Explore Birds at Practice Space in Cambridge, MA

EXPLORE BIRDS went to Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 1, 2019 for an open studio hosted by Practice Space. We took seven specimens to the studio: American Goldfinch, American Kestrel, Cooper’s Hawk, European Starling, Rock Pigeon, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Would you like to incorporate biological illustration into your studio’s programming? Email us at hello (at) wspecoprojects