Painted: November 10, 2017
Climate Threat: Already in serious decline, the furtive Henslow's Sparrow might see a complete loss in its winter habitat in the Southeast, Audubon's models report. By 2050, it could be found as far north as the Great Lakes outside of breeding season. On the other hand, the Mountain Bluebird is predicted to lose 73 percent of its summer range to climate change, especially in high-elevation tundra and meadow areas.
About the Artist: This mural was created by local youth from Washington Heights—including Gregorio Luperón High School students Sheised Nuñez, Darlin Garcia, Issac Reyes, Emely Rodriguez, Javier Soriano, Ana De La Cruz, and Alondra Martinez, as well as Cristal Castillo, Wildriana Paulino, Jonathan Caceres, and Beyonce Martinez—coordinated by artist Reynaldo García Pantaleón. The group titled this piece, “Vientos Natales,” meaning “native winds” in Spanish. Pantaleón has also collaborated with community groups like Dominica York Proyecto GRAFICA as an artist, graphic designer, and musician, and he has worked as a teacher and instructor with various groups like Palenque (a violence-prevention program for youth), The Dominican Women's Development Center, The Children’s Aid Society, and many schools.