Climate Threat: This bombastic, fan-tailed bird commands attention in the northwestern United States with its striking appearance and mating display. It's also the ambassador species for the sagebrush ecosystem, which is already threatened by fossil-fuel extraction and other development. According to Audubon's climate models, the Greater Sage-Grouse might face a 71 percent loss in its breeding range and a 92 percent loss in its non-breeding range by 2080.
About the Artist: George Boorujy is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He's represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York and is a member of the faculty of the Fine Arts Department of the School of Visual Arts. Follow him on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “I was very excited to paint the Greater Sage-Grouse. It’s an iconic bird of the West. The courting display of the male is truly spectacular and as exotic and startling an example of the wild evolution of birds and their behaviors to be found anywhere. The listing of this species as endangered has been incredibly controversial and with the current attempts to dismantle the Endangered Species Act, its future has never been more in peril. The health of the environment and its inhabitants—including us—is our responsibility. That is why I wanted to depict this bird as bold and confrontational and holding us accountable.”