On a daily walk around the neighborhood, I noticed an urban habitat site that I hadn’t seen before.

A metal tower is playing host to this large bush. The tower’s primary purpose is holding up the street lighting architecture, but it’s secondary purpose has overtaken it in form and function. The bush disguises the tower’s sharp lines and angles behind a curving, organic pear shape–the home of a flock of birds.

I visited the impromptu bird sanctuary on a snowy day. The flock was still. Here you can barely see two little birds (house/tree sparrows?) nestled into the sprawling bush, sheltered from the snow. The city has trimmed the bottom to allow people to walk on the sidewalk, but seems to be leaving the upper half alone.

This scraggly bush adds wildness to the street. Accidental habitats are great. Overgrown vines make especially good ones, but what if the city worked habitat into its fabric in a more intetional manner–planning ahead for the inevitable interaction of wildlife.


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