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.
October 27, 2018 (11-3pm): Join us for the final event: Nesting Nests – Winter Wings at the City Hall Galleria and Inlet Theater. Learn how to weave a nest using natural fibers with artists from chART Projects, learn about our local birds from ornithologist, author, and artist, Dr. Rob Butler, listen to bird and nature poetry by author, artist and professor Nancy Holmes and explore the new Birds in the 604 exhibition (on display in the Galleria from October 23-November 1).
Photo courtesy chART Projects
Schedule of Activities
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- 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Learn how to weave a nest using natural fibers with artists from chART Projects and take home your very own chART ceramic crow fledgling as a reminder to care for birds and all wildlife in the community.
- 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Enjoy family-friendly interactive activities including button-making, a matching game, Birds in Flight Animation, and typewriter Poetry. Explore Birds in the 604 exhibition and learn how we can co-exist with local birds through bird-friendly design.
- 11:00 am – 11:30 am: Join us at the Library for a bird-themed Storytime, all ages welcome.
- 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Explore the Shoreline Trail and learn about some of the birds that spend their winter in Port Moody with the Burke Mountain Naturalists. Meet at the Galleria at 11:00 am.
- 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Bird talk with ornithologist, author, and artists, Dr. Rob Butler and Bird Poetry reading by author and artist, Nancy Holmes.
September 15, 2018: An arrival and celebration event for Nesting Nests, a public art project focused on Port Moody’s bird biodiversity, took place under the gazebo at Rocky Point Park, where the large nest was temporarily installed for viewing. Activities included 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 focused on local bird species such as the Anna’s hummingbirds, purple martins and great blue herons. Nests woven during this event were 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.
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.