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 Andreyev’s home. The Park is built on the roof of my home in the east side of Vancouver, and provides affordances to local and migratory birds—water, small amounts of food, caching and perching features—to assist them survive the climate emergency.

Fresh sources of water are becoming more crucial for urban birds as the region is experiencing hotter, drier summers. A computer vision/sound system records the birds’ activities as they use the Park, and these data are analyzed in order to learn about their needs. The team responds to the birds’ feedback to improve and develop the Park‘s affordances.

Features include:

-fresh water  in shallow dishes  for drinking, food soaking and bathing.
-small amounts of food in specialized handmade sustainable baskets.
-specialized food to support a variety of bird communities.
-planters to use for caching food, an important tradition of crows.
-planters containing flowering plants that attract bees and other pollinators.
-specialized perching features, such as a long above-ground wire, that birds can use to rest and have an unobstructed view of the area.
-an automated computer vision-sound system to record the birds’ feedback as video and sound.


Research team:

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

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


supported by:

  • ECU 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.