Climate Threat: This shy and elusive bird specializes in living in the humid, dense tangles of coastal mangrove swamps in the southeastern United States. Audubon's climate models forecast a complete loss in the species' current summer range in Florida and the Bahamas. Unanswered questions remain on whether it can migrate or adapt to new habitats.
About the Artist: Candice Flewharty has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and runs a small farm to support her art habit in Norwich, Connecticut. See more of her work at www.candiceflewharty.com.
The Artist on the Mural: “I chose the Mangrove Cuckoo as the subject because it is a beautiful creature common to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Florida. The mural sits in a neighborhood full of families from these same places. Flags representing these countries are painted beneath the Mangrove Cuckoo as a happy symbol of unity.”