Dustin Partridge has been doing research for the last few years comparing green roofs and migratory bird breeding and behaviors. He works closely with Greensulate and monitors our roofs for bird traffic in his study. It’s a fascinating concept and we look forward to seeing what the results look like over time. Here is a short summary of his work:
“Located along the Atlantic Flyway, New York City is visited each spring and fall by millions of migrating birds. During migration, suitable habitat is necessary for birds to forage and refuel their fat stores prior to continuing migration. Birds also require sufficient habitat to breed. However, most urban areas are comprised primarily of impermeable surface and nearly devoid of habitat which can provide sufficient resources for birds. Thus, within these areas, small patches of green space can be essential habitat in an otherwise desperate environment.
I’m examining green roofs to see if the green space they provide can be used as migratory and breeding bird habitat. I’m collecting arthropods to get an idea of food availability and habitat quality and recording bird use of the roofs. Thus far I’ve had some pretty interesting results!”
We can’t wait to see more. In the meantime, watch the video above for some more information.