February 22, 2019

A is for Audubon {Blogging Through the Alphabet}

Welcome to our new journey of Blogging Through the Alphabet! I am glad you have stopped by.

I grew up in a birding family. I remember my mom taking us out on birding walks, sometimes just in our neighborhood, sometimes further afield. While I didn't dislike it, I don't think I enjoyed it as much as I do now. Now, birding is one of my passions; just ask my kids! (Sometimes I'm gawking at a bird while I'm driving! Umm, my daughter does most of the driving now. LOL)

I am not sure when I was first introduced to John James Audubon. He is my favorite ornithologist and naturalist.

He was born Jean Rabin, April 26, 1785, in Les Cayes, Saint Domingue (now Haiti), and died January 27,1851, in Manhatten, New York. He is most noted for his extensive study of birds, and his detailed paintings of birds in their natural habitats. His major work was a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America, and is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.
I was thrilled to find this book at a library book-sale a few years ago! 

Another library book-sale find was this biography of John James Audubon, by Margaret and John Kieran.
Yet one more library book-sale or thrift store find

Of course, for now you can read more about Audubon on Wikipedia. Or this article from Smithsonian.com: John James Audubon: America's Rare Bird.

One of our favorite field trips when we lived in Mississippi, was to Oakley Plantation, near St. Francisville, Louisiana. (Audubon State Historic Site)

Other historic Aububon sites:
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Audubon, PA
John James Audubon State Park, Henderson, KY (apparently there is a museum and nature center there)
Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, Key West, FL (definitely on my "bucket list!")

Of course there is the National Audubon Society, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to conservation. You can find Audubon's Birds of America here, and a brief biography of Audubon.

Audubon Society on social media:
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Study.com has a lesson about John Jame Audubon, and a quiz & worksheet. There is another lesson there, as well.

Here is a PDF worksheet about Audubon from Super Teacher Worksheets.

Garden of Praise offers a whole list of online and printable activities about Audubon.

I hope you will join us again next week, for the letter B!

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4 comments:

  1. if I can find it I have this wonderful book about Audobon, one of his helpers and a mouse. The name is just slipping my mind at the moment. OH... that's what is is called. A Nest for Celeste. Just a marvellous book. :)

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  2. Wow! This is great! I love Audubon as well. There is so much great information here to share with children. Thank you so much for joining our Link Party! I cannot wait to see what you write for the letter B!

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  3. So interesting!! I remember being fascinated by Audubon's illustrations when I was a kid and spent many leisure hours studying bird field guides and trying to draw my own versions. I wasn't very good at it. LOL But I still like casual bird watching. :-)

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  4. I love Audubon. He was a fascinating man. We read The Boy Who Drew Birds a while back and I thoroughly enjoyed that book, as well as others about him.

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