Bird Park Survival Station

Bird Park Survival Station,
multi-species climate emergency project, 2015-ongoing

visit the Vimeo showcase to see the Bird Park videos, and read notes about each one.

Bird Park Survival Station, is a research collaboration with local birds, including the crow family whose territory includes my home. The Park, built on the roof of my home in the east side of Vancouver, provides affordances to local and migratory birds—fresh water, small amounts of food, caching and perching features—to assist them survive the climate emergency.

A computer vision/sound system records the birds’ activities as they use the Park, and the data are analyzed for information about their needs. The team responds to the birds’ feedback by improving and developing the Park‘s affordances.

Park features include:

-fresh water in shallow dishes for drinking, food soaking and bathing.
-specialized food to support a variety of bird communities.
-planters for caching food, an important tradition of our Northwestern crows.
-planters containing flowering plants that attract bees and hummingbirds.
-specialized perching features where birds can rest and have an unobstructed view of the area.
-an automated computer vision video and sound system to record the birds’ use of the Park’s features.


Research team:

Julie Andreyev, park ranger
Simon Overstall, computation
Caroline Park, sound advising
Mana Saei, research assistant (undergrad, New Media + Sound Arts, ECU)
Astrid Dakowicz, research assistant (undergrad, Visual Art, ECU)
Morgan Gilbert, research assistant (undergrad, Industrial Design, ECU)

Bird Park Survival Station featured as an off-site Emily Carr University event associated with the Vancouver International Bird Festival 2018, Vancouver.


supported by:

  • Internal Research Grant, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, see ECU news



associated publication:

Leong, Penny. “Other Beings, Julie Andreyev.” Espace 121 Animal Point of View, hiver/winter 2019, Montreal.