Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon
Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

Audubon Mural Project

Hooded Oriole and Lawrence's Goldfinch by Christian Reinsch

Location: 3415 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Painted: 10/28/2018

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 Reinsch is a business graduate who has spent the last 12 years managing and engineering at a recording studio in New York City. He has experience as a live musician, both DJing and performing with different music groups throughout the country. In 2009, he started offering workshops and classes and has since made that the main focus of his musical career. Reinsch is also the founder and main organizer of Projectivity Group, a nonprofit arts organization. In addition to music, he's a freelance artist, doing community murals and indoor installations.  

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.”

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