Painted: May 14, 2017
Sponsored By: Robert Deckey
Climate Threat: This semi-migratory shorebird makes its home on beaches and salt marshes along the East and Gulf Coasts. It has a unique foraging system of hammering or prying open mussel shells in shallow water. According to Audubon's projections, climate change may force this bird to breed across the southwestern United States, Canada, and also the eastern Great Lakes. Its winter range, however, shows a potential 34 percent decline in area.
About the Artist: Stefen Reed is a street artist who works in traditional mediums, including canvas painting, still photography, and videography. He's best known as a cinematographer for the musical film Welcome to Harlem. In his downtime, he volunteers at a local organization called the Children’s Art Carnival of Harlem. Follow his photography and artwork on his Instagram, Mr. Ayobe.
The Artist on the Mural: “I chose the American Oystercatcher because all of the other birds were taken.” (Brutally honest.)