Friday, April 26, 2013

“I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds”

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“I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could.”

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“When I had hardly yet learned to walk, and to articulate those first words always so endearing to parents, the productions of Nature that lay spread all around, were constantly pointed out to me. They soon became my playmates; and before my ideas were sufficiently formed to enable me to estimate the difference between the azure tints of the sky, and the emerald hue of the bright foliage, I felt that an intimacy with them, not consisting of friendship merely, but bordering on frenzy, must accompany my steps through life.”
—John James Audubon (1785-1851), Haitian-French-American naturalist, born on this date in Les Cayes in what is now Haiti

 

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