Sunday, April 26, 2009


John James Audubon was born on April 26, 1785 in Haiti. He's not in A Book of Ages. Auchincloss, Auden, Aung San Suu Kyi, Austen; no Audubon. I wish he were there, just as I wish I'd included a few other interesting people and stories. I either didn't think of them or thought of them too late.

Probably the best Audubon book out there, Under a Wild Sky–John James Audubon and the Making of the Birds of America, was written a few years ago by a friend of mine, William Souder. Every birder should read it.

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