Climate Threat: The stunningly bright Hooded Oriole spends its time in warmer climates, summering in much of the southwestern United States and wintering mainly in Mexico. Audubon climate models project a 62 percent decline in the species' current summer range by 2080. Meanwhile, the Lawrence's Goldfinch doesn't stick to one specific breeding area year to year, which makes mapping its population trends even more difficult. Areas with suitable winter habitat have the potential increase, and its summer range is predicted to be fairly stable. Still, Audubon's climate models show an 82 percent loss of the current winter range by 2080, forcing the bird farther into unfamilar territory.
About the Artist: Christian Penn is the Executive Director of Projectivity Group, a 501c3 non profit organization based in Staten Island that focuses on arts and the youth. He also does work in schools and with different youth agencies, getting students passionate about media and building confidence and leadership skills through the arts. Because of his roots in the graffiti world, spray paint is Penn's medium of choice, and he is responsible for coordinating a number street art projects throughout New York City.
The Artist on the Mural: “The birds I chose, the Hooded Oriole and Lawrence's Goldfinch, were two birds on the list that had bright colors that stood out to me. I have not painted many yellow birds yet; their colors inspired me. Also it was cool to see these two birds share the same nesting areas geographically, so it‘s possible to actually see these them together in the wild. That appealed to me.”