Live Bird Cams

This spring, there will be plenty of tweets and chirps at the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. Inspired by the exhibitions inside the galleries—and funded by generous supporters—IMA staff has built a new nesting platform to attract birds of prey, new bird feeding and viewing stations, and a wild grass labyrinth. See them for yourself on campus, or watch the action from home on our new web cams below.

Fairbanks Park Bird Feeder

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.

Bird House

This nest box, located near the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion in 100 acres, should provide a glimpse of nature’s most intimate moments from nest construction, to laying and hatching of eggs, and lastly fledging of the nest. This birdhouse is specifically designed to house Carolina chickadees, wrens, and other birds of similar size. You may be able to identify the species building in the nest by appearance, but the physical makeup of the nest can help determine the species of bird using this box. Look for fluffy moss lining the nest; that can be an indication of Carolina chickadees using the box. Please enjoy watching the occupants build their home and raise the next generation.

Nesting Platform

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 the IMA 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.