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Grassland Research Continues at Freshkills Park

With the decline of grassland habitat, less than 1% of original grasslands remain in the Northeast. Meanwhile, the mounds of the Fresh Kills Landfill have been covered by a cap and seeded with native plants, and the engineered grasslands at Freshkills Park are providing vital habitat to many bird species dependent upon them.

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A Look At “Inside the Bird Chorus”

Inside Bird Chorus

Freshkills Park celebrated summer solstice on June 21 with Make Music New York for “Inside the Bird Chorus” where the woodlands and grasslands meet in South Park. Naturalist Seth Wollney led an auditory bird tour and trumpeter Volker Goetze accompanied their songs in a performance of original and improvisational compositions as the sun set on the longest day of the year.

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2016 Christmas Bird Count Results from Freshkills Park

Short-eared Owl. Photo by Shayna Marchese.

The 2016 Staten Island Christmas Bird Count took place on Sunday, December 17th. During this yearly event, Staten Island birders spread out in teams to take count of all the birds present at the time.

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Grassland Birds at Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park’s grasslands represent a suitable habitat for birds like the grasshopper sparrow.

At a time when grasslands have drastically declined across the country, the reclaimed land at Freshkills Park is providing a habitat for grassland bird species.

Because grasslands are favored for agricultural production, they have largely been converted into cropland and pastures.

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Thinking Outside the Bird Box

Freshkills Park will soon launch a digital app that will tweet photos of birds like tree swallows and house wrens from inside their bird boxes at the Park. This project will broadcast the ongoing ecological restoration of the Park, create new potentials in the field of scientific research, and highlight a research project investigating the health of the Park’s cavity nesting birds.

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Visit Freshkills Park during “Inside the Bird Chorus”

On June 21st, Freshkills Park will take part in Inside the Bird Chorus, a project conceived by philosopher and artist David Rothenberg as a dialogue between musicians and New York City’s bird populations.

Visitors are invited to attend the performance.

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Make Music New York Comes to Freshkills Park

Anneke Schaul-Yoder

On June 21st, Freshkills Park will take part in Inside the Bird Chorus, a project conceived by the philosopher and artist David Rothenberg as a dialogue between musicians and bird populations of New York City. The 21st of June is the summer solstice, making it the longest day of the year.

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A Guide to Discovery Day on May 15th

 

Freshkills Park will offer Discovery Day on May 15th from 11am to 4pm. During this free public event, 700 acres of the otherwise closed site will be open for outdoor recreation, providing opportunities to explore and learn about the landfill-to-park project.

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Birds Count: Winter 2016

On President’s Day weekend, millions of birds were recorded as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). According to the New York Times, this was the 19th year that both amateur and expert ornithologists worldwide have contributed bird sightings to this citizen science project, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies of Canada.

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Swainson’s Hawk Sighting at East Mound

Photo: Seth Wollney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Researchers found a rare Swainson’s hawk at Freshkills Park’s East Mound on Tuesday morning. Dr. Richard Veit of The College of Staten Island described the hawk as a western North American grasslands specialist bird.

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Tweeting Bird Boxes at Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park is developing a unique digital app that will broadcast the ongoing ecological restoration of the Park and create new potentials in the field of scientific research. The launch of the app will highlight a research project investigating the health of the Park’s cavity nesting birds like tree swallows and house wrens.

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Rare Grasshopper Sparrow Discovered at Freshkills Park

The grasslands of East Park.

Most visitors to Freshkills Park usually get excited when they see the ospreys in their nest, or a bald eagle fly by, or a red-tailed hawk overhead… but scientists and bird enthusiasts are most excited about all of the grasslands within the park.

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From Behind the Mounds: Visitors from Addis Ababa

Last week, the Freshkills Park Team had the pleasure of meeting with a group of city officials and their consultants from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Addis Ababa’s Repi Solid Waste Disposal Site, a 40 year old open dump, has recently been closed and the City has installed a methane capture and flaring system.

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Allaboutbirds

Allaboutbirds is our go-to online resource for bird identification and they’ve enhanced it with this great interactive feature!

 

 

 

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Spring Migration

Bird watchers on a tour of Freshkills Park

A flash of yellow flutters among the upper branches as the students below point out the never-still yellow warbler to one another. Spring migration is here. During this precious time, a winged kaleidoscope of colors and patterns drop down from the sky.

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When wild things are in cities

Monk Parrots in NYC (photo courtesy of Andrew Baksh)

The number of people who choose to live in cities is on the rise, with 80% of the US population living in urban areas as of the 2010 census. While living in cities like New York reduces our individual environmental impact, it also causes the displacement of wildlife.

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Snowy Owl Sighted at Freshkills!

Snowy owl sighted on the north mound of Freshkills Park (the location of our annual Sneak Peak). Photo by NYC Director of Landfill Engineering Ted Nabavi

The snowy owl, a bird made increasingly famous by its role as Hedwig in the Harry Potter movies, was spotted at Freshkills Park last week.

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Bird Breeding at Freshkills

House Wren eggs in a bird nestbox.

Last week several members of the Freshkills team assisted Dr. Mark Hauber, a professor of Psychology at Hunter College, in checking bird nestboxes in the park. Dr. Hauber is gathering data on the bird populations and breeding success at Freshkills Park, a site which has acted as a stopover for bird species along the Atlantic Migratory Flyway since the closure of the landfill.

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