Brooklyn Botanical Garden Birdhouse Installation Attracts More Than Just Birds – NBC New York
Have you ever seen birds? Even if you have some, it can be a great activity for you.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden recently installed a “For the Birds” exhibit celebrating the interconnections of birds and plants, and can be seen through the end of October.
In addition to gallery exhibitions, it features music, performances, and educational programming.
A 2019 study estimated that there has been a 30% decline in the bird population in North America since 1970.
For the Birds is part of a larger initiative by Randall Poster, who has curated a set of 20 albums of original recordings due out this year titled “For the Birds: The Birdsong Project”.
The project includes nearly 200 original music tracks, over 70 poems and 20 original album covers by over 220 musical artists, actors, literacy figures and visual artists.
Some of the contributors are musicians Beck, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Keaton, Natasha Lyonne and Wendell Pierce.
“As someone passed by and worked on the music all my life, I had my ears open to the music of the birds and was moved by the beauty and variety of their song. I was not alone. I also learned that bird life was at great risk as habitats were increasingly threatened. And so, inspired by both joy and revelation, the Birdsong project began,” said Poster.
Each birdhouse is associated with a track from “The Birdsong Project” providing a multi-sensory experience for visitors.
On Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer, visitors can enjoy the garden after hours with live music performances, cocktail parties, and bird-centric tours.
On certain weekend days, special visits are made to the garden to search for resident and visiting birds. It’s free with entry to the garden and all ages are welcome.
For more information and tour dates, visit the For the Birds site.