If your family enjoys nature studies and loves learning about birds you will be familiar with the name Audubon. John James Audubon was an American ornithologist, artist and naturalist best known for his bird drawings and paintings of North American birds and mammals.
Learn more about this famous scientist and nature enthusiast with these free printables and resources about John James Audubon.
Biography of John James Audubon:
John James Audubon was born in April 26, 1785 in a french colony in Haiti. He grew up in France, and moved to America when he was 18 years old. He ]immigrated to America to avoid serving in Napoleon Bonaparte’s army. It was then that he began hunting and drawing birds as a hobby. After he married and had many failed business ventures he decided to concentrate more on studying and drawing birds.
So, he headed out into the wild with his art materials, his gun, and an assistant that traveled with him. He traveled the Mississippi River, and drew many sketches and watercolors of the wildlife he encountered. He had a hard time getting his work published in America so he began traveling around the world.
His most famous works The Birds of America was finally published in London. He died died at home on January 27, 1851 and was buried in New York City. He is known as one of the most important naturalists of his era. In 1886, the first bird-preservation society was named after him. Later the National Audubon Society was created in 1905.
FREE Printables and Resources About John James Audubon:
FREE John James Audubon Lesson from ArtK12 – There is information on the artist, two forgeries (Greater Flamingo and American White Pelican), cartoons, a faux ad and faux newspaper articles. Also includes drawing instructions for the American White Pelican.
Learn more about the birds that Audubon painted during his lifetime with this FREE Audubon Birds Notebooking Journal.
This notebooking journal includes 28 of the birds that Audubon studied. There is a notebooking page for each bird, with a blank page for students to draw the bird. There is a reference guide where they can color a picture of each bird. This is available as an instant download!
Websites to learn more about Audubon:
View the entire collection of Audubon’s Birds of America watercolor paintings. They are in alphabetical order, and each image can be viewed individually with information on every bird. You can also download and print the images for free. These make beautiful art work for your home or school room. We printing them out for an artist or nature study.
Audubon for Kids believes that every child is born a scientist. Help your children explore the wonder of the natural world with some amazing activities created by environmental educators. There are 10 weekly lessons called Audubon Adventures that are free to download.
We love using these books when learning about Audubon:
This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon
Audubon, On The Wings Of The World Graphic Novel
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon
Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier
Recommended Resource: Birding Notebook – A Companion to Audubon Birding Adventures For Kids
Are you ready to learn about birds? Using the Birding Notebook alongside Audubon Birding Adventures For Kids you will learn about 25 birds as well as their habitats, beaks, feathers, and much more. Document your birding activities for your notebook and portfolio and use the journal pages for a birdwalk.
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