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.
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:
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.
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