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Sadly, the rails and their relatives are often overlooked in the horrible losses of avian diversity. They are often small, secretive, unknown and understudied; difficult to appreciate on every level. They are not always stunning colors, but nevertheless the subtle earthern colors have rich beauty and the Slender-billed Fluff-tail is lucious. I have personally met several human-habituated rails of different species, and they are curios and inquisitive, intelligent, and charming creatures. I cannot imagine how heartless the loss of these endearing creatures.
In selecting species to illustrate for the Silent Skies Mural, I chose birds who I have actually seen in the wild or at least their very near relatives. In my other life, I am a wildlife and avian veterinarian, interested in conservation, and serve various organizations in that professional capacity. The opportunity to bring some of the lesser-known and less-spectacular species to light is a real privilege, and reflects the mission of Artists for Conservation. These birds demand and deserve our attention and their extinction would be a tragic loss to the biodiversity and beauty and brilliance of our precious planet.