Newfields is collecting data on pollinators and we need your help. By collecting information on the pollinating insects visiting Newfields, we'll learn how they are using our campus and find ways to continue to support pollinator diversity in The Garden and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. We will be sharing our data with local partners and national organizations to support pollinators nationwide.
Through support from Jim and Nancy Carpenter and their company, Wild Birds Unlimited, bird feeding and viewing stations are attracting feathered friends to the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. The six brand-new feeders are stocked with a wide array of seeds to draw in a diverse species of birds – from well-known birds like cardinals and blue jays, to noisy woodpeckers and brightly plumaged goldfinches.
This nest box is placed in the forest around the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. It is specifically designed to house species like Carolina chickadee and eastern bluebird to name a few. While it can be easy to identify the bird while it is in the house, notice nest material and design that each species chooses to build with if the bird isn’t home. Often eastern bluebirds build nests using grass, while house wrens will build nests of sticks and Carolina chickadees build their nest out of mostly moss.
This view is of the avian nesting platform in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 acres. The platform, sitting atop a 50-foot utility pole, has more than 25 square feet of surface area constructed to simulate a previous nest user. The platform is suitable for several bird species including: ospreys, great horned owls, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, egrets, and bald eagles. Staff at Newfields are working hard to increase suitable nesting structure for a number of bird species, and continually rehabilitate the entire habitat in and around The Park.
Free and accessible parking is available at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.
- The parking lot entry is located at 1850 West 38th Street, about one-half block west of the main Newfields entrance.
Accessible restrooms are located at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. Please be advised the pathways to the pavilion can sometimes flood, making the trails impassable.
Portions of Fairbanks Park include accessible pathways. Please consult the Newfields campus map to identify accessible pathway locations.