Happy (Belated) Birthday, John James Audubon!
Bird Trader is a little late off the mark – his 226th “birthday” was yesterday, but regardless, all bird lovers should be celebrating the life of John Audubon.
Born April 26, 1785, Audubon is credited with changing the way everyday people thought about birds, thanks to his enormous book of illustrations of different birds found in North America, entitled The Birds of America.
The book consisted of over 400 life-size illustrations of birds drawn by Audubon himself after travelling for six years around the USA. Now that’s some birdwatching trip! Amongst the illustrations are 6 drawings of birds who are now extinct, providing invaluable information for modern naturalists. Historians estimate that Audubon sold only about 100 to 200 subscriptions to his massive book, but this was enough to finance his travels and keep the project going.
His name has since been appropriated by various Audubon Societies – birdwatching societies – around the USA.