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Bird Harbor opens in Great Embankment Park in Pittsford

Bird Harbor opens in Great Embankment Park in Pittsford
Bird Harbor opens in Great Embankment Park in Pittsford

Over the weekend, the grand opening of Bird Harbor in Great Embankment Park took place, the culmination of a multi-year effort to create a sanctuary for native birds and pollinators. This project is part of Pittsford’s broader commitment to environmental stewardship.

Bird Harbor, located at 631 Marsh Road in Great Embankment Park, features a variety of native trees, shrubs, perennials, a pollinator garden and a meadow designed to provide important food and shelter for local wildlife. The initiative complements other environmental projects in the area, such as the Erie Canal Nature Park and the gardens at the Spiegel Pittsford Community Center.

Pittsford City Councilman Bill Smith explained the development and significance of the Bird Harbor Initiative.

“This bird haven was originally another pollinator garden, and as the work progressed, we saw an opportunity to focus on the birds and make it more of a bird haven,” he said. “Not only for the intrinsic ecological benefits, but also as an educational opportunity for the public to better understand what species of birds we want to attract, why we want to attract them and how they benefit the environment.”

The creation of Bird Harbor was a collaborative effort between the city and civic groups, including Color Pittsford Green. The partnership underscored the importance of involving citizens in environmental stewardship.

Karen Berger, chair of the Brighton Conservation Board and secretary of Color Brighton Green, has led a similar Pollinator Pathway program in Brighton. She says community efforts to support pollinator health are critical to the health of local ecosystems.

“Participants in these programs place great importance on ensuring that the plants are suitable and inviting for pollinators,” she said, “but they also commit to not using artificial chemicals that could potentially harm the health of those pollinators.”

The opening of Bird Harbor was part of Pittsford’s first Pollinator Week, which featured educational sessions to promote conservation and support pollinator populations.

“This project promotes local biodiversity and creates sustainable habitats for birds and pollinators,” Smith said.

The public is welcome to visit Bird Harbor in Great Embankment Park and explore the new sanctuary.