Audubon Mural Project

Peregrine Falcon by Damien Mitchell

Location: 752 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10031


Painted: June 23, 2017

Climate Threat: As aerodynamic power divers, Peregrine Falcons are able to reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. The species already spans the Earth, but in the United States, Audubon projects a 69 percent increase in its winter range by 2080. But it comes at a cost: The falcons may lose a significant chunk of their current wintering habitat.

About the Artist: Damien is a graffiti artist turned street artist from Wagga Wagga, Australia. He has painted murals around the world since 2005 and is often influenced by the places and people around him. Follow Mitchell's work on his website or on Instagram.

The Artist on the Mural: “For this wall, I was specifically requested to paint the Peregrine Falcon. I since learned that up until a few years ago, New York City used the birds to catch rats in public parks. This practice was stopped after the falcons started catching pet chihuahuas as well!” (Editor's note: Sadly, this story is unconfirmed.)

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