John James Audubon (born Jean Rabin), 1785 -1851
Audubon was an Ornithologist, Naturalist and Painter, notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon’s story is one of triumph over adversity, and he was a person of legendary strength and endurance, as well as a keen observer of birds and nature. He had a deep appreciation and concern for conservation; in his later writings he sounded the alarm about destruction of birds and habitats.
Inspired by Audubon, we created a mural based on bird’s natural habitats. On Thursday we had a visit from Lisa Wilkes from the organization “Let’s Talk About Trees”, who gave a very interesting presentation about trees and cones , and explaining the difference between conifers and broad leaf trees. We also had a paper making demo , followed up by making nature journals from hand made paper. Each afternoon we had a visit from a resident Robin that must have a nest nearby, which was special. It was a small but mighty group this week , and in addition to the mural, they did some beautiful prints, bird watercolors and butterfly sculptures.
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