Artist uses his craft to shed light on climate change, endangered birds

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A Brooklyn-based artist is raising awareness for endangered bird species one mural at a time.

Artist George Boorujy is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a federal law protecting birds migrating throughout the country. 

Boorujy says he is an artist with a goal and that goal is to use his art to shed light on birds and climate change.

"Being a New Yorker, I'm very aware of the birds that migrate through here and having the opportunity to depict them large and outside, and outside of the gallery was really nice to have them out on the streets so people could see it in their own neighborhood,” says Boorujy.

Boorujy’s most recent murals mark his 100-bird milestone. His artwork is a part of the Audubon Mural Project, which aims to paint more than 300 endangered bird species. 

"I think it's important for everyone, no matter where they live to see this sort of stuff because New Yorkers sometimes think that they're really separated from nature, but they're not and especially when it comes to bird life,” says Boorujy. “Birds migrate right through New York City and parks here, even if it's a tiny, tiny little bit of green space, that habitat has value."

Now that spring is here, project staff say members of the public can also do their part to help the cause!

"There's so many things that New Yorkers can do to make that habitat,” says Jennifer Bogo, VP of Content at the National Audobon Society. “It's going to be even more important, it’s climate change. And there's a lot New Yorkers can do to protect those little pockets of community and make that habitat even more bird friendly."

The murals are in Harlem and Washington Heights.

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