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Ecology at Madison Square Park
Ecology at Madison Square Park
Many people flock to Madison Square Park to experience the lush greenspace and respite from city life. Not only is it a backyard and playspace for our community, but a vital space for many of our local and migratory creatures—it is a haven for wildlife.
Sadly, Madison Square Park is not different from most natural areas in the United States in that it is threatened by human development and climate change. This month, we introduce our Sustainability program in order to help support the wildlife that have called the park home for generations and restore the species that have been lost over time.
We kick off this initiative with a year of ecology action. We will learn everything we can about the species in Madison Square Park in order to ensure that our park’s ecosystem can provide valuable food and habitat for resident species for generations to come.
We Can’t Do it Without You
With help from our staff, neighbors, and partners, we will conduct a year-long survey of wildlife that currently call Madison Square Park home. Community members of all ages can take part in our Seasonal Scavenger Hunt or join a bioblitz like the City Nature Challenge to explore the park and make observations of what they discover on the mobile app iNaturalist. The data collected will be used to help Madison Square Park Conservancy plan for the future of the park, and will also provide valuable data for scientists across New York City and around the world.
Greenspaces working Together
Protecting NYC’s native plants and wildlife is not a solo endeavor, which is why we invite our community and other green spaces to join us in learning together and making change. We will provide information and tools to help our community create a new metropolis that keeps ecology top of mind.
Horticulture Planting Guide
Not all plants are created equal in their ability to support wildlife. We will publish a guide to help greenspaces and residents select plants that will support the foundation of native food webs in gardens large or small.
How we manage our landscapes can have significant impacts on wildlife. From lawn to leaf management, we will share recommendations for reducing your carbon footprint while maintaining a healthy green space.
Snails, squirrels and every creature in between play an important role in the park’s ecosystem. We will provide a guide to help familiarize our community with the species we support and the populations we hope to restore in Madison Square Park.
We invite our community and other green spaces to join us and make change. Together, we will ensure that our favorite wildlife can be enjoyed for generations to come.