Climate Threat: Audubon’s climate model projects that only 41 percent of the Black Vulture’s current breeding range will remain stable by 2080. Cold winter temperatures may prevent the bird from heading north. Learn more about how climate change threatens this bird.
About the Artist: Born and raised in Harlem, Marthalicia Matarrita studied Fine Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Matarrita is well known in the New York City street art scene, painting murals around the city and participating in many live art performances. For more, follow her on Instagram.
The Artist on the Bird: “I found that this particular bird gets many negative reactions from people. Not many people understand that its natural survival methods are not predatory—they’re scavengers. They are ones that have the leftovers. Every animal has a role to play and the vulture plays an intricate role in the cycle of life. Helps me sympathize to other beings that struggle daily to live.”