Build an 'Urban Oasis' at McGolrick Park

Feed the birds, a wise nanny once said.

Greenpointers can do just that by helping the NYC Audubon create an “urban oasis” at McGolrick Park with native plants for birds and other wildlife. This week, NYC Audubon is offering four orientation sessions (on May 22, 24, 29 and 31) at Lutheran Church of the Messiah for volunteers interested in getting involved.

“We will go over what we plan to do at the park and why, and talk about all the different ways to get involved,” the non-profit said in a statement on the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Park and Planning’s (GWAPP) website. “We’d like to have participants help us bird the park, do pollinator surveys, plant the garden and help water the garden for the rest of the summer.”

Interested participants can sign up for one or several activities at the orientation sessions, whether they want to help with planting or caring for the garden after that phase has wrapped up. Planting days will be in late June, on the 28th and 29th.

Much of the funding for the “urban oasis” comes from a $24,871 grant awarded to the NYC Audubon Society by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

“The Urban Oasis project will entail identifying and planting native species, including wildflowers, that provide food and shelter for migratory birds, inventorying birds before and after planting, and engaging volunteers to plant and maintain the species in McGolrick Park,” according to a press release.

It’s also an opportunity for the Greenpoint community to come together and look after an environmental project of its own.

“The project will help build a community of Greenpoint residents engaged in environmental stewardship and the long-term improvement of McGolrick Park, one of Greenpoint’s few green spaces,” the statement said.

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