On the garden guest list

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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:

New England aster

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.

Common milkweed

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.

Lowbush blueberry

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:

Cedar waxwings

Hermit thrushes

Wood thrushes

American robin

Blue jays

Baltimore orioles

Gray catbirds

Northern cardinals

White-throated sparrows


Red-bellied woodpeckers

Black-throated blue warblers

Yellow warblers

Canada warblers

Blackpoll warblers

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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