Painted: April 1, 2017
About the Bird: This speckled quail resides in the thick, grassy understory of oak woodlands. Its habitat is maintained by frequent low-intensity fires and is easily disturbed by overgrazing. Models show that climate change, if left unchecked, may lead to the loss of nearly 75 percent of the Montezuma Quail’s existing breeding range in Mexico. The bird’s survival will depend in large part on whether oak forests persists. Keeping warming to 1.5 degrees will help protect that from wildfires that burn repeatedly, preventing the habitat from recovering.
About the Artist: After completing her military service, Hagar Fletcher left her kibbutz in the Jordan Valley to study photography in Nottingham, England, then set out as a Camera Press news photographer in Africa. She studied art and design in the Ecole des Arts Appliques and the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and, back in Israel, attended the Basis School of Sculpture, working in mixed media, bronze, wood, and found objects. The Montezuma Quail appealed to Hagar for its found beauty too: “It's shy and plain and so beautiful in a modest way.”