Painted: September 25, 2016*
*This mural has since been removed.
Climate Threat: The Spotted Owl is already so scarce, there wasn't sufficient data to model its southern range through 2080. But the state-endangered species might experience a further bind in its wintering habitat: Audubon's climate study shows that 98 percent of its range is in peril. Combine that with the species' conflict with the encroaching Barred Owl, and all of a sudden, the future is looking even more dire for the bird.
About the Artist: Growing up in New York City, Paul Nassar was inspired by all the writing on the walls—and that's where his obsession with murals began. He took his love of art, studied a little economics for college in Scotland, and came home and focused on what he really wanted. That mission, he realized, was to create daily. Nassar took his passion for creating and his love for community and co-founded Off The Wall Graffiti, a nonprofit dedicated to young artists whose only exposure or opportunity to paint is in the streets. The group takes these kids and gives them a place where they can create safely. Nassar's art takes him on many ventures, including murals, canvas, body paint, and music. Follow him on Instagram.
The Artist on the Mural: “I chose the owl because it's smart and deadly. It's known for its wisdom but is also one of nature's most impressive, patient hunters. Always thinking. Calculating. Not to mention it's really cool-looking.”