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Born in Haiti, John James Audubon's name would become synonymous with the movement to protect birds and their various habitats, largely due to his own efforts during his lifetime to document the birds of the Americas. His seminal work, Birds of America, while not the first attempt to paint and describe all the birds of America, remains the gold standard against which all followers are largely measured. This lovely online exhibit from the Musee de la civilization affords online visitors access to the 435 plates of this amazing work. The site offers a brief overview of the work of Audubon in a expository sketch and quick access to his exquisite drawings, which may be browsed by page number or by their common or Latin names. One fabulous feature which should not be missed are the beautiful short Flash presentations which feature original music, and which may be accessed by clicking on different birds within the painting on the site's homepage.
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