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Javits Center rooftop birdhouses protect endangered species

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York turned its green roof into a unique bird habitat. Javits staff created the wildlife oasis for American kestrels observed foraging on the rooftop.

Javits-colored birdhouses on the facility's green roof provide shelter for American kestrels.
Javits-colored birdhouses on the facility’s green roof provide shelter for American kestrels.

Kestrels are a bird species not usually found on green roofs in New York City and are a species threatened by other birds.

Two kestrel boxes painted in Javits colors were installed – one each on the north and south sides of the rooftop. Secured to stands on the green roof to withstand inclement weather conditions, including strong winds, the boxes create a safer environment for the birds.

“We want our green roof to serve as a safe haven for wildlife throughout the area, and we are making every effort to fulfill that goal,” said Alan Steel, president and CEO, New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, which operates the Javits Center. “These boxes will offer kestrels protection from other wildlife, so they continue to thrive.”

The naming of the boxes was auctioned off at the New York Audubon’s Fall Roost in October 2014 where the Javits Center was honored for the installation of its bird-friendly glass. Auction winners Mark Schienberg, president, Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, and Marcia Fowle, board member, New York Audubon, have their names posted on plaques affixed to the boxes.

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