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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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Bird Watcher's Birthday
27 April 1998 7:30 pm
Naturalist John James Audubon, renowned for his intricate paintings of North American birds, was born on 26 April 1785 in what is now Haiti. Audubon grew up in France and emigrated to the United States in 1803. He had a passion for natural history and traveled throughout the United States, painting the wildlife he encountered.
By 1825, Audubon had produced a vast collection of bird paintings, but U.S. publishers turned up their noses. In England, however, he found a publisher to engrave plates of the paintings and sell them by subscription. Aububon's Birds of America was published in England in 87 parts between 1827 and 1838, followed by a bound edition in the United States in 1839. Audubon was one of the earliest advocates of conservation, and the Audubon Society is named in his honor. He died in 1851.
[Source: Roy Porter, Ed., The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists (Oxford University Press, ed. 2, 1994).]