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New Uptown Mural Celebrates Montrose Beach Bird Sanctuary

The mural features two Nelson's sparrows and is meant to inspire a love for public lands.

The recently finished mural hopes to celebrate the Montrose Bird Sanctuary.
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UPTOWN — Driven to Lake Shore Drive down Montrose recently? You’ve probably noticed a new mural taking flight.

Thanks to grant funding through Uptown United, the new mural at 835 W. Montrose Ave. is inspired by the Montrose Bird Sanctuary.

It was painted by Florida-based artist Steven Teller and features Nelson’s sparrows, a species of bird that frequently visits the nearby sanctuary.

Teller said he hopes his 20-foot-wide, 45-foot-tall work will inspire the public to reflect on “the natural beauty of local lands.”

Credit: Uptown United
The mural took artist Steven Teller nearly two weeks to complete.

This mural is making its debut at an opportune time, just after Monty and Rose, a pair of endangered Great Lakes Piping Plovers, nested near the bird sanctuary right on Montrose beach.

The new family of plovers have captured the hearts of bird lovers across Chicago. And due in part to the efforts of conservationists, music festival Mamby on the Beach was canceled after the birds had their second clutch of eggs hatch.

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