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  

declining pollinator species
males like open areas
females like tree cover

energetically darting from flower to flower. in native american culture, hummingbirds are seen as healers and bringers of love, good luck and joy. in central america, they are a sign of love and will bring love to the person who spots them. the allen’s hummingbird breeds only along a narrow strip of coastal california and southern oregon.