The release of The Audubon Bird and Climate Change Report in October of 2014 did not go un-noticed by those that live in the Audubon Park Historic District and surrounding area. In particular, the owner of Gitler & ___ Gallery, located on Broadway near 150th Street. With the purpose of bringing the current threat to our nations bird population to the public, Avi Gitler teamed up with The National Audubon Society to create The Audubon Mural Project showing the endangered birds.
John James Audubon would be pleased, since he not only spent the last ten years of his life at Minnies Land, located at the foot of 156th Street, but was the first to be buried in Trinity Church’s uptown cemetery – right across the street from the largest of the murals. Mr. Gitler coordinated with local businesses, supporters and artists to paint as many of the 314 endangered images of North American avifauna as possible. Below are just a few of the images that have been completed so far.