Audubon Mural Project

Florida Scrub-Jay and Mexican Jay by Welin

Location: 3528 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Painted: 10/6/16

Climate Threat: A habitat specialist, the Florida Scrub-Jay is the type of species that sounds the climate-change alarm. According to Audubon's range model, the endemic bird's current suitable climate space will not be up to par by the end of the century. Some northward movement is possible, but only if their habitat of scrub oak is available—a vegetation that is also vulnerable to global warming. Mexican Jays, on the other hand, can be found in the foothill oak forest of the New Mexico–Arizona “sky islands,” and the Big Bend area of Texas. It faces a projected loss of 90 percent of current summer range; large potential gains in both seasons need to be viewed with caution. A majority of the birds reside south of the model's parameters, making it difficult to understand what may happen with the species across its entire range.

About the Artist: Since 2011 Welin has had a great passion for graffiti art and street art, and has decorated everything from large walls for businesses and individuals, to facades, trucks, homes, institutions, and offices. Welin draws inspiration from things happening in our society and likes to mix graffiti with traditional art, giving it a different expression. 

The Artist on the Mural: "I chose the Mexican Jay and the Scrub Jay because of their beautiful color and their similarities."

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