The City of Port Moody and chART Projects present Nesting Nests, a public art and community engagement project to be held over three days in 2018. The project aims to inspire participants to take positive action toward bird conservation through education and the creation of an eco-sculpture made from hand-woven birds' nests. Project leader Dr. Cameron Cartiere has been working with a team of designers, scientists, conservationists, municipal partners, school groups, and volunteers to address the loss of pollinator species across Canada. Birds and other pollinators are vital to the survival of both wild and agricultural plants. Dr. Cartiere and her collaborators are now sharing their creative approach to bird conservation with Port Moody.
Photo courtesy chART Projects
August 19, 2018: Nesting Nests was at Car-Free Day on St. Johns Street. Attendees learned how to weave bird nests for local species such as Anna’s hummingbirds and purple martins. The City of Port Moody and chART Projects provided weaving instructions along with information about the lifecycles of local bird species and the threats they face in their natural habitat. All nests woven during Car-Free Day will be assembled together to form a large nest and living hemlock support structure, which will be installed temporarily as a public art piece at Rocky Point Park.
September 15, 2018 (11am-3pm): An arrival and celebration event for Nesting Nests, a public art project focused on Port Moody’s bird biodiversity, will take place under the gazebo at Rocky Point Park (2800-block Murray Street), where the large nest is temporarily installed for viewing. Activities will include weaving of Anna’s hummingbird and purple martin nests with local plant materials, interpretive walks and talks with local naturalists steeped with knowledge of our local bird biodiversity and musical entertainment to accompany the celebrations. Talks, walks and interpretive information will focus on local bird species such as the Anna’s hummingbirds, purple martins and great blue herons.
Please dress for the weather. The schedule for the day is listed below:
11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Nest building.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Musical entertainment by local artist, Rumour Mill
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Local naturalist Kiyoshi Takahashi will present on Purple Martins and their history in Port Moody. A birding scope will be set up to view the purple martin nest boxes.
1:45pm 2:45 pm. Join us for a birding walk along the Shoreline Trail with the Burke Mountain Naturalists, including a look at the heron colony along the Shoreline Trail.
Nests woven during this event will be collected and assembled to expand the eco-sculpture installed at Rocky Point Park. Once assembled, the final eco-sculpture will be installed at Pioneer Memorial Park in early spring 2019.
October 27, 2018 (11-4pm): The final event, called Winter Wings, will take place in the City Hall Galleria (100 Newport Drive). This event will be themed around winter preparation of local birds and will include activities such as: the weaving of nests that can be taken home; a talk and/or poetry readings by a local ornithologist (i.e. birder); and a bird walk along the Shoreline Trail.