Climate Threat: The Connecticut Warbler breeds in mosquito-infested spruce bogs, but dedicated birders can find them in May or October, migrating through Chicago or New York City. Audubon’s climate models predict that the bird’s summer range will shift almost entirely northward by 2080. Common in both the East and the West, it‘s believed that the two populations of Nashville Warbler are actually separate species. According to Audubons climate models, both groups are predicted to creep upward and converge, which could further solve the mystery for scientists. The Golden-winged Warbler, which prefers leafy second-growth habitat and swamp edges, may be driven out of suitable northern habitats by the Blue-winged Warbler. By 2080, it‘s likely to move completely out of its current breeding range.
About the Artist: Shawn Bullen started painting walls in 2007 in his hometown of Chicago. His work has taken him to cities around the world, producing large-scale murals everywhere he goes. He has created artwork with groups from American Express and Google, to orphanages and public schools. Bullen recently moved to New York where he‘s preparing for his first solo show. Follow him on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “I chose the Golden-winged Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, and Nashville Warbler because I wanted to paint a squad of warblers from around the country. The three birds remind me of a group of friends, all with unique personalities.”