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John James Audubon
John James Audubon (1785-1851) was a French-American wildlife artist. He was the illegitimate son of Lieutenant Jean Audubon, a French naval officer (and privateer), and his mistress Jeanne Rabine. His father helped him to migrate to United States to escape the Napoleonic Wars by obtaining a false passport. Audubon was interested in birds and wildlife since his childhood. He was determined to study American birds and to demonstrate his findings better than other artists did during those days. In his study of birds, he started bird-banding by tying yarn to their legs and watching if they returned the following year. He also made the drawings and painting of the birds while recording their behaviors. Birds of America, is his influential collection of 435 life-size birds prints which was the result of his continuous efforts and hard work determined by his passion for documentation of birds in their natural habitat. His wife, Lucy was also interested in birds and wildlife. She supported and encouraged him in his study of birds. Audubon was also a skilled hunter. His works are great influence for ornithologists, naturalists, and painters today. Audubon’s was an enthusiastic ornithologist who has become a legend due to his efforts and contribution.