Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, John

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker by AudubonJean-Jacques Audubon was born in 1785, in Les Cayes in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), the illegitimate son of a sugar planter and one of his slaves. Audubon's father raised the boy in France and sent him to America to avoid his being conscripted into the army. And the rest, as they say, is history ... Audubon's drawings of American birds revolutionized not only ornithology but art. Here is one of his plates - the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker.

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