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Brooklyn, New York

Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages Sunset Ecology Tour

Tour a thriving rooftop meadow hidden in one of Brooklyn's most heavily industrialized neighborhoods.

Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages is a 22,000 square foot green roof designed by Alive Structures on top of an active movie studio in the most industrial section of North Brooklyn, alongside EPA Superfund site the Newtown Creek. The once-bare rooftop overlooking the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s massive egg-like digester tanks is now home to 22,000 square feet of native plants, birds, bats, and insects. 

Fertile meadows of bee balm, purple aster, meadow prairie dropseed, orange butterfly weed, and wild strawberry plants now neigbor the scrap yards and factories of one of Brooklyn’s most heavily industrialized areas. The idyllic array of local flora and fauna that fills the sky-high meadow was bankrolled by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, an environmental grant program created with money from the $25 million settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill.

Join us for a rooftop tour and lecture with NYC Audubon ecologists who will present findings from the past year of monitoring and research at Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages. Kaitlyn Parkins and Dustin Partridge will discuss green roofs as habitats for birds, bats, and arthropods in urban environments, the benefits of native plants as a way to attract biodiverse pollinators, the value of quality stop-over habitats for birds, and more.

Funding for Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages is provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.

Kaitlyn Parkins, Conservation Biologist, NYC Audubon: Kaitlyn received her Master's degree from Fordham University where her thesis work focused on the bats of New York City, specifically how they use green roofs as a foraging habitat. Her current research interests include animal migration and movement and innovative approaches to creating habitat in urban spaces. She works extensively on NYC Audubon's green roof research program, with a focus on bat surveys and banding and tracking roof-nesting gulls. 

Dustin R. Partridge, Ecologist and Green Roof Program Manager, NYC Audubon: Dustin is a Ph.D. Candidate at Fordham University. Dustin’s dissertation examines wildlife interactions with green roofs and the surrounding urban matrix. He is currently the managing director of the Green Roof Researchers Alliance, a consortium of over 60 members from 19 institutions. Before joining Fordham and NYC Audubon, Dustin spent several years as an ecologist at an environmental consulting firm where his projects included environmental impact assessment, marine fisheries, sustainable energy, habitat assessment, and habitat restoration.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

  • The event will start with a tour of the green roof, which is wheelchair accessible.
  • Please dress and pack appropriately for the weather. The event will take place both indoors and outdoors.
  • Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. 
  • Advance tickets highly recommended.
  • Please arrive on time, our tour will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

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Email Lenny Platt at lenny.platt@atlasobscura.com. 

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