The Migrating Mural is a series of murals painted along migration corridors shared by both people and endangered animals. By bringing rare and magnificent animals to the forefront, we can create the kind of lasting connection that will help protect these important species forever.
The first Migrating Mural focuses on the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. The year-long project entails a series of four murals showcasing the life of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep painted along a 150-mile stretch of California’s Highway 395, which runs in the shadow of the Eastern Sierra. A distinct bighorn sub-species, the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep is one of the rarest megafauna in the US. Having once roamed California’s Eastern Sierra range, the sheep’s population dropped to just 100 in the 1990s. Today they are recovering slowly, with about 500 in the wild. Because the Sierra bighorn are elusive and live in harsh and inaccessible habitat, most people have never seen this majestic animal.
Thanks to Kickstarter, the very first mural site in Independence, CA was funded and an idea was turned into a reality. Funding for two more sites is needed to complete the entire Migrating Mural: Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep.
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The Migrating Mural will not only promote public art and beautify the surrounding area, it will also drive public support for this very special animal—the first and critical step to conservation.
Mt. Williamson Motel, Independence, CA
Mt. Williamson is not only a namesake for the motel, but also for the Mt. Williamson Herd Unit, one of the native herd units left in the ‘70s. With this mural, you can see the growth stages of a ram.
Willie is depicted as a two month old lamb to an 8 year old adult ram standing proudly in front of the iconic summit of Mt. Williamson.
Bishop Gun Club, Bishop, CA
Located just opposite the Wheeler crest, a herd unit within the central recovery unit, the bench structure at the shooting range has been one of my favorite sites since the beginning. Sierra bighorn in this range migrate in elevation and come down to very low ranges during the winter.
The lamb climbs down steep terrain to meet the waiting adult ewe. At least 305 adult and yearling females are needed for downlisting goals.
Proceeds benefit the Migrating Mural and The Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation