Friday, January 28, 2011

Providing Habitat and Biodiversity, Green Roofs - Restoring Volumetric Green to the Urban Core!

I am always amazed at just How much habitat Green Roofs provide within the Urban Core.

Is a sea of concrete and asphalt, wildlife are driven to Urban Green Roofs in masses.

Walking outside this cool, sunny morning the insects were buzzing around the green roof plants.  Some of the vegetables on the food roof were forming flowers and word had quickly spread to the pollinators.

Not to be proven wrong by the oft-quoted UK's John Ray (A collection of English proverbs 1670, 1678)
"The early bird catcheth the worm."
the birds were hanging out in the trees waiting for breakfast.

Amazing!

Watching Sun's Rise Across the Greenroof, Cardinalis cardinalis


Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)


Watching the Green Roof from Above, Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)


While other areas of the Urban Core whither away without plants, we find ourselves in a mini-oasis of wildlife.

The photos here were taken with my son's Canon EOS Rebel about two hours ago.

Green Roofs - promoting biodiversity in the Urban Core!

Happy Green Roofing!

Kevin.

2 comments:

Neil Hirsh said...

Whoa. Those are really amazing green roofs! I’d love to live in a place like that, honestly! I’d like to salute these people who took the time and effort of providing green roofs for their home. They would really help to the improvement of our natural environment.

Neil Hirsh

Ethan M. Dropkin said...

Great green roof shots and info! I just wanted to et you know that the hawks in the image you posted are Buteo lineatus - Red-shouldered Hawks rather than Red-tailed Hawks. The striped tails, white speckling on the wings and most importantly the reddish striations on the breast are all good ID features.