John James Audubon
Born: April 26, 1785
Died: January 27, 1851
John James Audubon is most famous for painting and cataloging the bird species of North America. His work was compiled in "Birds of America", a book he published between 1827 and 1838.
He was born in the French colony of Saint-Domingue or what is now known as Les Cayes, Haiti. In 1803 he immigrated to the United States. He died in 1851 at his estate on the Hudson River which is now Audubon Park.
There are parks, stamps and streets dedicated to him and even a town in Pennsylvania named after him.
His original homestead Mill Grove in Audubon, Pennsylvania is now a museum of his work and is open to the public.
"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."
"Gyrfalcons" by John James Audubon