Climate Threat: Barn Owls are appreciated as nesting birds because they are voracious devourers of rodents. But less is known about the species on its wintering grounds, which according to Audubon's climate model, will increase by a quarter by 2080. The shift could occur northward all the way to southern Canada. Although the winter model displays new horizons for these owls, caution is warranted. New land-use practices and excessive application of rodenticides have diminished their populations.
About the Artist: Lexi Bella is a New York City-based artist: a painter, muralist, and street artist. Raised in Medford, New Jersey, Bella gained a B.F.A. in Painting from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania in 2003, the went on to achieve an M.F.A from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia in 2006. That same year she moved to Brooklyn and has been NYC based ever since. Lexi Bella has painted walls all around NYC, the US and abroad Bella started creating large scale spray murals in NYC in 2011, but began to gain attention in 2014 when she was chosen after a competitive jury process to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and produce her Lower East Side Heroines Project.
The Artist on the Mural: "I chose these birds for two reasons. First, they are both beautiful and mysterious, and have been sources of inspiration in art in history. Second, I liked the juxtoposition of the light and dark and the yin and yang aspect of them together visually."