Audubon Mural Project

Williamson’s Sapsucker by ATM

Location: 663 W. 158 St., New York, NY 10032

Painted: 11/10/16

About the Bird: This striking creature digs tiny sap wells in trees in western mountain forests. Those forests thrive in a narrow climatic zone that will climb the slopes as conditions warm, but because trees can’t migrate as quickly forested areas will begin to degrade. Audubon’s climate models suggest the Williamson's Sapsucker will lose three-quarters of its breeding habitat if temperatures continue to rise at their current pace.

About the Artist: Street artist ATM paints wildlife threatened with extinction, using urban walls as a stark reminder of the birds that once lived in cities—and might yet again with the restoration of habitats. “The Williamson’s Sapsucker is a beautiful, iconic species with amazing plumage,” says the London-based artist. “It looks almost like a painting in itself.”

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