LA Is Not A Desert mural 5544 Hollywood Blvd

LA is a rare bio-zone that supports an exceptional diversity of species, a unique hydrologic character and a complex ecology, both robust and fragile. KEEP IT HERE is a tangent in ELKPEN’s ELKOLOGY project highlighting what is in jeopardy of disappearing.

The Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorious

Latin name translates: wandering migrator

Native North American dove. Closest remaining relative: the mourning dove, but the Passenger Pigeon was larger and more colorful

Total population once as many as 5 billion birds

Flew at sixty miles an hour

Traveled in huge flocks; as many as two billion birds. Flocks took days to pass

Hunted for food and fertilizer at the end of the nineteenth century. As many as 50,000 birds killed a day

Over hunting led to extinction despite late efforts to conserve the bird, including laws enacted by Congress

Most lived east of the Mississippi River

The last Passenger pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo September 1, 1914. Her name was Martha, after Martha Washington. She was 29.

Flock is a mural by ELKPEN, and part of a series highlighting wildlife in our shared urban environment. ELKPEN is an artist living in Los Angeles.

birds of hollywood mural on Hollywood Blvd

Birds of Hollywood is the first in a series of murals by Los Angeles artist ELKPEN, painted on our Hollywood Boulevard studio.

red tailed hawk
yellow chevroned parakeet
northern mockingbird
nuttall’s woodpecker
anna’s hummingbird

Thanks to Moira MacDonald and Kimball Garrett.