Get to know all the winged guests of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 acres. Get tips on where to spot birds around the Newfields campus, learn more about their habitats, and pick up a fun fact or two. Thanks to support from Wild Birds Unlimited, you'll be well acquainted with all the frequent flyers in no time.
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 birdhouse, placed in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, gives us a glimpse of the construction, maintenance, and use of a birds nest. We have seen Carolina chickadees, eastern bluebirds, house wrens, and other species of similar size check out the box. Pay close attention to the nesting material, as it can be helpful in identifying the species of bird building the nest. Check back often to watch the bird build its nest, lay eggs, and then watch the chicks fledge the nest
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.