Sponsored By: Dr. E. Lawrence Deckinger Family Foundation
Climate Threat: With their wide migratory breadth and diverse use of habitats, songbirds can be clear indicators of climate change impacts, both at a regional and localized scale. The Chestnut-sided Warbler, a beloved forest species, is projected to shift northward and westward on its breeding grounds, which may become increasingly unstable by 2080. The Hermit Warbler is looking at a similar move as its pushed to higher altitudes in its slim Pacific range. Audubon climate models show it could lose up to 46 percent of its summer home and be threatened by hybridization with similar species. Orchard Orioles, meanwhile, may find new suitable territory as they expand farther into Canada. But its wintering grounds seem much less available, with only 7 percent remaining stable in the projections. Veeries and Wood Thrushes both prefer moist woodlands that could become increasingly scare with climate change. The models have them moving into coniferous boreal forests as more than three-fourths of their summer range may be unstable. Finally, the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher’s forecast shows it using its flying prowess to swap sphagnum bogs for Arctic taigas in summer.
About the Artist: Cern is a multimedia artist from New York City. Since childhood he’s brought crafted public pieces, initially through graffiti and eventually as a muralist, musician, and a fine artist. Cern continues a mix of creative practices and development of various visual languages. His work has been shown internationally from MOCA in Los Angeles to Tehran. Follow him on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “The birds chosen for this mural were inspired through my learning about birds that visit Forest Park every year and those that are threatened by climate change.”