Washington Square Park Eco Projects is an environmental initiative whose mission is to monitor wild animal and plant populations, offer environmental education programs, and advocate for floral biodiversity.

The Park

Washington Square Park is a 9.75 acre public park managed and operated by the NYC Parks and Recreation Department. The park land’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 Lenapehoking.


Georgia Silvera Seamans, Co-founding Director

Georgia Silvera Seamans is an urban forester, independent researcher, and writer. She has bylines with UrbanOmnibus.net, Audubon.com, and Audubon Magazine, and her research has been published in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening and Journal of Arboriculture. She blogs about urban nature at localecologist.org. She holds degrees from Wesleyan University, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and 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.


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 Street Lab 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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