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Sunday, February 04, 2018

Green-Wood Cemetery Birder Forum

As Green-Wood Cemetery’s official “Birding in Peace” tour guide I’m frequently asked about conservation or habitat related projects that are in the works. Occasionally I am also grilled about some landscape related issues that may or may not be in the best interest of wildlife in the cemetery. In an attempt to answer all of your questions the cemetery has scheduled a birder forum.

On Thursday, March 1st from 6:30pm to 8:00pm Brooklyn's Historic Green-Wood Cemetery will host a “Birder Town Hall”. Director of Horticulture and biologist Joseph Charap will be the speaker. The primary purpose of the talk will be to:

1 - Express Green-Wood Cemetery’s commitment to birds and birders.
2 - Present efforts currently underway to support wildlife habitats.
3 - Listen to feedback from the birding community.

Some other topics to be covered include native plantings, installing benches at the Dell Water, lawnmowers, and helping birders understand Green-Wood’s many constituencies.

The beautification, community outreach, educational programs and preservation of the cemetery is implemented by the non-profit Green-Wood Historic Fund. It has been proposed that the 2018 Birdathon could be used to both promote the nature of the cemetery and to help raise funds for habitat restoration. Any pledged funds would go directly to the historic fund and continued efforts to support birding at Green-Wood Cemetery. If you or your organization are interested in this unique conservation fundraising effort please contact:

Harry Weil, Director of Programs
harryweil [AT]

If you plan on attending the “Birder Town Hall”, the meeting will be held at the Modern Chapel, just to the right after the main entrance on 25th Street. Please RSVP on the Green-Wood Cemetery website here.

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