Wildlife artist John James Audubon was born on this day in 1785. His paintings and descriptions of the birds of America are familiar to and appreciated by birders everywhere. While he is one of the most famous avian illustrators, he is not one of the founders of the Audubon Society. His name was chosen because his work inspired the organization's efforts to protect birds and their habitats.
Some links we'll be using today to learn about the man and his life's work:
Enchanted Learning's Audubon page and coloring pages of several of his paintings.
New York Historical Society's Audubon's Aviary exhibit mp3s and images
The National Gallery of Art's information and images
The Boy Who Drew Birds, by Jacqueline Davies with illustrations by Melissa Sweet
John James Audubon, Wildlife Artist, by Peter Anderson
Birds of America, by John J. Audubon
John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature (2006) on Netflix Streaming