Happy Birthday to John James Audubon!
The artist was born in Haiti in 1785. He was sent to America in 1803, and lived on the family farm outside of Philadelphia, where he proved that the same birds return to the same nesting sites each year by tying strings around their legs. After 10 years in business—painting all the while as his hobby—Audubon went into the wilderness on an epic quest to paint the birds of American. A few years later, he sailed to England where his work “The American Woodsman” was an overnight success.
via the US National Archives on Facebook »
What is your favorite American bird?