Sunday, December 14, 2008

Gowanus Canal Nest Colony ... seriously

You never know what you will see along the Gowanus Canal. Along both sides of Degraw Street is a small group of canary yellow birdhouses -- an installation called the Canal Nest Colony. The birdhouses, or "nests" are crafted from recycled materials and hope to attract the Eastern Bluebird and and Purple Martin Additionally, two trees were planted along a drainage area to filter pollutants.

We really like it for a number of reasons, but mostly because it highlights the unique beauty of the canal.

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At Wednesday, August 26, 2009 3:55:00 PM, Blogger susan said...

Unfortunately purple martins will not nest in a solitary nest, or so close to trees. Those nests will more than likely be used by the English House Sparrow, an invasive and non native nest site competitor of both the bluebird and the purple martin. For more info on purple martins including the proper location for purple martin housing visit
good luck


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