New bird nest boxes, an informational bird StoryWalk, and a touch board art piece featuring bird images and songs offers a multi-sensory birding experience on the beautiful grounds of the Albert Wisner Public Library (AWPL) in Warwick.
This successful collaboration by the Albert Wisner Public Library (AWPL), generous community donors, and volunteers from the Orange County Audubon Society (OCAS), brings a new, public, educational, birding opportunity to the Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick.
As part of the AWPL Foundation’s 2018-19 annual appeal, generous donors sponsored the purchase and installation of ten new bird nest boxes in early April. Nest box selection and installation was overseen by OCAS. The nest boxes, suitable for various cavity nesting songbirds such as Eastern Bluebirds, Wrens, and Chickadees, are a long term installation on the library grounds.
The library’s popular outdoor StoryWalk currently features a “Birds in our Warwick Backyard” exhibit with photos, identification tips, and information about the habits of common backyard birds found in Orange County. The bird StoryWalk exhibit will be on display through the end of July.
Inside the library, artist and OCAS volunteer James Van Gelder, painted a beautiful interactive touch board art piece featuring 10 common backyard birds. Using conductive paints, the art piece has an interactive surface enabling patrons to touch each bird and hear the bird’s song. This board, when it is installed later in June, will be part of a new Library collection entitled Warwick’s Backyard.
Warwick’s Backyard collection is located in the rear of the Library’s Main Floor overlooking the Library grounds. It includes books and other forms of media covering regional natural history topics such as flora, fauna, geology, backyard building and beekeeping, animal husbandry, stargazing, and more.