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John James Audubon Birthday
© Illustration by John James Audubon
April 26th is the birthday of John James Audubon - flamboyant, groundbreaking artist, dedicated observer, adventurer, and writer. John James Audubon grew up in France, but moved to Philadelphia at 18. Embracing the natural wonder of his new homeland, Audubon set out to paint all the birds of America. This "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler was named for him, and he is also recognized as the man after whom the Audubon Society was named.
John James Audubon’s Birthday
Written by Frances Wood
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[Song of Audubon’s Warbler (subspecies of Yellow-rumped Warbler)]
That cheery song is the Audubon’s Warbler, a subspecies of the Yellow-rumped Warbler. [Song of Audubon’s Warbler] Today, April 26th, is the birthday of John James Audubon—flamboyant, groundbreaking artist, dedicated observer, adventurer, and writer. And the man for whom this sweet charcoal and yellow warbler was named.
[Audubon’s Warbler song + calls in the background]
In 1785, Audubon was born in Haiti to a French sea captain and his mistress. He grew up in France but moved to Philadelphia at the age of 18. Embracing the natural wonder of his new homeland, Audubon set out to paint all the birds of America. On long forays exploring the wild frontier along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, he observed birds in their native setting—then shot the birds, and wired them into realistic poses. After drawing the birds, each one portrayed life-sized, Audubon often cooked and ate them, his journals explaining how each bird tasted.
At the age of 40, Audubon began publishing his folio of all the known birds of North America, a monumental contribution that included over one thousand bird images.
Today, Audubon is also recognized as the man after whom the Audubon Society was named.
[Audubon’s Warbler song]
That’s A-u-d-u-b-o-n. To learn more about the man and the organization, come to our website, BirdNote.org.
Song and call of the Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s subspecies) Warbler provided by the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Song 120418 recorded by G.A. Keller, call 107591 recorded by D.S. Herr.
Ambient track provided by Kessler Productions.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2012 Tune In to Nature.org April 2012 Narrator: Michael Stein
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