biophilia treehouse: birds & plants



why birds?


birds are indicator species for habitat health and los angeles is the “birdiest” county in the united states, with 527 recorded species. 305 species exist in the built environment of los angeles.1

an indicator species is a species whose presence, absence, or relative well-being in a given environment is a sign of the overall health of its ecosystem

we are prioritizing indicator species and species whose populations are classified as “declining” in our region.
allen’s hummingbird
california scrub-jay
lesser goldfinch
mourning dove
nuttall's woodpecker
oak titmouse
song sparrow  
western bluebird  

an indicator species
excavates cavities in dead trunks or limbs for nesting

woodpeckers are determined and resourceful, able to unearth their sustenance by tapping and probing into the crevices of tree trunks. they finish what they start and do not shy away from exercising their skills to initiate new projects, hammering through any obstacles. native shamans likened their incessant woodpecking to drumbeats, or heartbeats, reminding us of the simplicity of that life-giving force.