Migrating Mural: Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep

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THE MIGRATING MURAL is a series of murals depicting endangered animals along migration corridors shared with humans. The goal is to bring attention to rare wildlife in an effort to drive support for endangered animals and public art. The Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep is the subject of the first Migrating Mural, a series of six murals spanning 120 miles of California’s Highway 395. We hope to see future Migrating Murals across the country and world shine a spotlight on other rare and beautiful creatures.

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VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO:
The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA)
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation
Art.com
DODOcase
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Photo Credits: Cody Tuttle + Jef Chadwick

 1) MONO BASIN VISITOR CENTER – Lee Vining, CA

Mt. Gibbs Herd Unit, represented by topo lines of the mountain itself, faces significant mountain lion predation. The species silhouetted—pika, jackrabbit, great horned owl, Jeffrey pine, pronghorn antelope, black bear, osprey, mountain quail, American badger, greater sage grouse, and cliff swallows—are important parts of the Mono Basin ecosystem.01

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2) BISHOP GUN CLUB – Bishop, CA

The Wheeler Crest herd unit has a pronounced altitude migration pattern, descending from high altitudes in the summer to very low elevations in the winter. The arrow represents the seasonal temperature gradient, above and below the tree line, long which they migrate.04

3) SAGE TO SUMMIT – Bishop, CA

Inspired by the name of the store upon which it is painted, this mural depicts (L to R) the sheep’s seasonal forage from winter to fall: sage brush, bitter brush, sierra columbine and alpine sedge.05

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4) MT. WILLIAMSON MOTEL – Independence, CA

This mural represents the growth stages of a male sheep from lamb to ram. The Mt. Williamson herd unit is one of the original native herd units, surviving the spread of disease from domestic sheep, which drove total Sierra bighorn numbers down to roughly 100 animals.07

5) MT. WILLIAMSON MOTEL – Independence, CA

Willie, an 8-year old ram, stands proudly in front of 14,375-foot Mt. Williamson, California’s second tallest mountain.08

6) LONE PINE REGIONAL AIRPORT – Lone Pine, CA

Bighorns have been roaming the Sierras for 300,000 years and the glaciers represent the three glacial cycles they have survived. Images of sheep petroglyphs, painted by local members of the Lone Pine Shoshone-Paiute tribe, pay homage to those who first painted bighorns on Sierra rock walls.09

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Proceeds benefit The Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation and Sierra bighorn conservation.

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