Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon
The Audubon Mural Project is a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and Gitler &_____ Gallery to create murals of climate-threatened birds throughout John James Audubon's old Harlem‐based neighborhood in New York City. The project is inspired by the legacy of the great American bird artist and pioneering ornithologist and is energized by Audubon’s groundbreaking report "Survival By Degrees." Audubon's scientists have found that climate change will threaten at least half of all North American birds with extinction, and that no bird will escape the impacts of climate-change-related hazards like increased wildfire and sea-level rise. The project commissions artists to paint murals to call attention to this problem, and it has been widely covered in the media, including The New York Times.
Want to take a tour of the Harlem murals? New York City Audubon has you covered. Visit 30 installations on a Sunday morning escapade, along with John James Audubon's final resting place. More details and registration here. You can also take a self-guided tour using our printable map. When in New York City, be sure to check out the New-York Historical Society's Birds of America gallery, which now features the mural project along with John James Audubon's original watercolors. And in Illinois, be sure to check out a spin-off project in Chicago's Rogers Park, featuring 13 climate-threatened birds that use habitats in that region, or the bird murals proliferating in Rockford thanks to the work of Sinnissippi Audubon.
If you are an artist and would like to participate in the New York project, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please understand that we receive a large amount of submissions, and not all e-mails can be answered.
Or if you'd like an Audubon mural in your own home, Gitler &_______ has printed a limited run of George Boorujy's stunning Gang of Warblers. You can also buy an archival print of one of the murals photographed by Gail Albert Halaban for a gallery exhibit on the Audubon Mural Project in New York. Proceeds from both sales benefit the Audubon Mural Project.
Want a paper version? Download a printable map here.
Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon
Your donations fund the artists and supplies needed to spread the word about birds and climate change.