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.
John James Audubon identified 25 new species during his studies and his quotes have a particular relevance today. With the appointment of Scott Pruitt and the rise of Climate Change deniers in positions of power, Audubon’s words reverberate through history. As the Trump administration tirelessly works to roll back environmental protections and sells off National Parks I’d like to take the time to remind everyone that the damage (some irreversible) done to this nation will fall on our children. In America’s never ending quest for profit we are leaving a desolate future for those who follow us. Let us remember John James Audubon and his message.
Instead of dividing let us come together and care for one another. Let us stand against greed. Let us find within ourselves the stubborn determination to demand what is just and right. Let us be immovable in our cause. The hope for change is yours. No matter the trials they throw in your path, always remember that deep within you is a strength to hold onto that hope and nothing has the power to tear that out. You are powerful. Your voice is powerful. We are the ants and they are the grasshoppers. It’s time we band together and make our hopes a reality. Not only for ourselves but for those tiny faces and tiny hands that deserve to grow up and have a life that isn’t full of deprivation and toil.