If you ever noticed that Brooklyn neighborhoods, and Downtown Brooklyn in particular, seem to lack much of an aviary ambience, you are not alone. You also may be in for a bit of a surprise, according to a story reported in the Brooklyn Eagle.
City Tech assistant professor Jenna Spevack noticed herself one day after returning from a month in Connecticut, that she wasn’t hearing the bird noises which she had grown accustomed to in CT. “It seemed oddly quiet…that’s when I started to research Brooklyn birds.” The product of this research is an outdoor art instillation called Birds of Brooklyn.
Birds of Brooklyn consists of audio instillations in six different Brooklyn neighborhoods with sparse bird populations. The audio runs from 8am to 8pm and consists of “20 different recordings, including the Ring-necked Pheasant, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Eastern Blue Bird.”
“The project aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural sounds of the area and raise awareness about declining bird populations in urban environments,” Spevack explains to the Eagle. She also “hopes awareness will inspire Brooklynites to support their bird neighbors.”
The project is currently stationed in the Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, Prospect Heights, and Crown Heights neighborhoods but will soon coming to Downtown Brooklyn, Ditmas Park, Flatbush, Red Hook, and Bay Ridge as well.