Take a Guided Tour of the Audubon Mural Project

[b]Pinyon Jay by Artist Mary Lacy[/b][br]Photo © Mike Fernandez/AudubonPinyon Jay by Artist Mary Lacy
Photo © Mike Fernandez/Audubon
      [b]Roseate Spoonbill by Artist Danielle Mastrion[/b][br]Photo © Mike Fernandez/Audubon Roseate Spoonbill by Artist Danielle Mastrion
Photo © Mike Fernandez/Audubon

The Audubon Mural Project is a public art initiative of the National Audubon Society, in partnership with the Harlem-based Gitler & _____ Gallery. The project is inspired by the legacy of John James Audubon (a former neighborhood resident), and is energized by findings from the National Audubon Society that nearly half of all North American bird species face dire threats to their survival by 2080 due to climate change. The Audubon Mural Project commissions artists to paint murals of each of the threatened birds—a total of 314 species—throughout the Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights neighborhoods of Manhattan.

Visit the Audubon Mural Project website to learn more about the initiative and view images and a map of all the completed murals.

The project was featured on a recent episode of NYC-ARTS on PBS. View the episode here.

NYC Audubon is offering guided tours to see these breathtaking murals. Tours will be led monthly, but may increase in frequency depending on demand. See below for information.

It is possible to arrange private two-hour tours with Avi Gitler. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire.


Sunday, March 22, 2020, 10am-12:15pm
Guide: Leigh Hallingby
[b]Swallow-tailed Kite (and Others) by Artist Lunar New Year[/b][br]Photo © Mike Fernandez/Audubon[br][br][br]Swallow-tailed Kite (and Others) by Artist Lunar New Year
Photo © Mike Fernandez/Audubon

The Audubon Mural Project is an exciting effort by the National Audubon Society and Gitler &_____ Gallery to create murals of over 300 birds in the northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights. As all the birds painted are threatened by climate change, the project is designed not only to help us appreciate the beauty of the birds, but also make us aware of the challenges they face. In addition to seeing about 30 murals, we will visit John James Audubon’s impressive gravesite in the Trinity Church Cemetery. Binoculars will be an asset on this walk. Limited to 20. $30 (20)

Register for the March 22 Audubon Mural Project tour here. 

More tours for Spring 2020 will be announced soon!

Support for these tours is provided by Audubon New York through the Norman Shapiro Collaborative Grant. This award is given annually to a local New York state chapter in honor of Norman Shapiro, whose leadership for his local chapter Orange County Audubon, the Audubon New York state office, and the Audubon Council of New York personified collaboration and “One Audubon.” New York City Audubon is honored to receive this award and make people aware of the threats from climate change through the mural project.

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