One of our ongoing obsessions here in the Mythological Quarter is how wildlife interacts with the built environment. We made a public art project last summer with the city of Urbana, IL about creating habitats for bats in the city.

Animals are often pushed out by human development. They also adapt and change. We read a recent report described how fox DNA has changed as the fox population in Scandinavia has incorporated more human food into its diet. Sometimes urban design ignores the wildlife and wild spaces it has displaced, but then sometimes animals can be considered.

On a walk tonight we noticed this avian habitat built on the side of an apartment building. It’s not much but it shows that these city dwellers are considering how their habitat effects the habitat of the wildlife around them.

We are not sure specifically what kind of bird it provides shelter for. Do you know?

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