NYC Audubon is Bringing Birds to Greenpoint

by GWAPP on

NYC Audubon was recently awarded a small grant as part of the GCEF. Their grant is to create an “urban oasis” at McGolrick Park. The project includes planting and maintaining native species (like wildflowers) that provide food and shelter for migratory birds within the park.

NYC Audubon is currently recruiting volunteers to 1.) help install and care for a native plant garden for songbirds and other wildlife, and 2.) monitor park biodiversity before and after planting. They are holding orientation sessions this week and next with planting dates in June.

Orientation Sessions

Thursday, May 22 at 6:30pm
Saturday, May 24 at 11:00am
Thursday, May 29 at 6:30pm
Saturday, May 31 at 11:00am

All sessions held at
Lutheran Church of the Messiah,
129 Russell Street

To Register (and for questions)

“We will go over what we plan to do at the park and why, and talk about all the different ways to get involved. 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. At the orientation people can sign up to do one or more of these activities.”

The Urban Oasis project serves to engage the Greenpoint community in environmental stewardship while improving McGolrick Park, one of Greenpoint’s few green spaces. NYC Audubon is working in partnership with the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, NYC Parks, and Audubon New York.

Related Information

NYC Audubon’s mission is to be “a grassroots community that works for the protection of wild birds and habitat in the five boroughs, improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers.” Visit NYC Audubon.

GCEF is “a $19.5 million grant program created by the State of New York with monies obtained through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill.” Visit GCEF.

The Audubon Society and Audubon New York were also awarded two small grants from the GCEF to implement a “For the Birds” environmental education program at PS 110 and St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy. These programs will move between the classroom and McGolrick Park. View Grant Descriptions [PDF].



The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning, Inc. ("GWAPP") is a not-for-profit group, 501(c)(3), comprised of individuals, community organizations, religious institutions, and concerned citizens from the Greenpoint-Williamsburg communities dedicated to the development of parks and public access on the Greenpoint waterfront.
  • Aldo Atemis commented:

    How long will this project continue? How many volunteers are necessary to maintain the flowers and record the park’s wildlife?


    • Heather Van De Mark

      Heather Van De Mark commented:

      > Hi Aldo, I don’t actually have the specifics on the program. From what I gather, it will be an ongoing program, not sure of the number of volunteers needed/wanted. You should contact NYC Audubon directly: