Painted: November 10, 2017
Climate Threat: One of the southern-most migrating warblers in the Western Hemisphere, Blackburnians are projected to see a complete shift in their summer range, which consists mainly of spruce woods. Meanwhile, Yellow-throated Warblers may see changes in both their summer and winter ranges as climate change alters their preferred pine- and sycamore-filled landscapes.
About the Artist: George Boorujy is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He's represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York and is a member of the faculty of the Fine Arts Department of the School of Visual Arts. Follow him on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “I was excited to paint a Blackburnian Warbler because of a personal instance with the species. About 15 years ago, before I was particularly interested in birds, I was hiking in the Great Swamp National Wildlife Preserve in New Jersey near where I grew up. I entered a grove and found myself surrounded by what seemed like dozens and dozens of tiny brightly colored birds. I can't remember if it was the spring or fall, but there were no leaves on the trees and the branched looked decorated with orange and yellow and black. I found out later that what I witnessed may have been a migratory ‘fallout’ when great numbers of migrants ‘fall’ out of the sky due to weather. There were a few different species, but the one that stuck out and burned into my memory were the Blackburnians. Identifying all these little warblers can be difficult as they all have their own patterning. I liked the idea of contrasting two species, the Blackburnian and another striking species, the Yellow-throated Warbler.”