Organizers hope the bird sanctuary planned for McGolrick Park will provide a resting, feeding, mating, and nesting place for nearly 100 species of migratory birds. In choosing the plants for the sanctuary, New York City Audubon stuck to those that thrive in sandy, shaded soil. A handful of the plants will be ornamental, but most will be integral parts of a complex ecosystem.
The flora coming in includes:
The perennial flower attracts bees and butterflies.
Also in the aster family, a Bushwick beer was once named for this native blossom. It supports insect populations and is an important nectar source for butterflies.
The sappy herb is a host plant for Monarch butterflies.
A flowering shrub that provides shelter for birds and blueberry-like fruits for them to eat.
This small tree makes more food for our feathered friends.
The feather-centric folks at New York City Audubon have a specific set of birds they hope to attract with the new foliage. Here is a rundown of some of those select species:
Black-throated blue warblers