Painted: October 2, 2016
Climate Threat: According to Audubon's climate model, this diurnal owl species is predicted to loose 77 percent of its current breeding range by 2080. Climate change may also affect its winter range, with the model displaying only 33 percent of the habitat remaining intact. The species is already under conservation concern because modern agricultural practices have removed the prairie dogs and ground squirrels that it depends on to provide nesting burrows.
About the Artist: Jana comes from the hot, hot heat of Tucson, Arizona, and did a lot of different things in different places before ending up in New York City. She had a job counting salmon in the Pacific Northwest, worked as a pastry chef in Seattle, and lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, for a couple years getting her MFA in painting. She taught art in Southern India for a year, and in 2009 she decided to move to Brooklyn. Liptak has since been keeping busy as a freelance artist, emerging muralist, and a proud member of the scenic artists' union for film, television, and theater. Follow her on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “The Burrowing Owl is adorable. It is the tiniest owl, and it lives in little holes and runs around during the day. It has long been one of my favorite birds, so I was super excited to immortalize these quirky little owls in paint.”