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Due to his failing health Audubon spent the final years of his life at home, leaving the work to his sons and Bachman. Audubon died January 27th, 1851 and was buried in Trinity cemetery in New York City, where our favorite founding “rapper” Hamilton is also buried. It’s intriguing that two illegitimate sons of the Caribbean achieved such great success in America and rest in the same cemetery. Audubon wasn’t the first to study birds, but the way he did it made him one of the forefathers of the modern conservation and environmental movements. In 1886, the first bird preservation society, The National Audubon Society was named in his honor, throughout the years several wildlife sanctuaries, parks, etc. did the same. Through the 20th century the National Audubon Society has been responsible for creating sanctuaries, getting laws passed, and just general protection of bird species, and watersheds, all in Audubon’s name.
Be sure to visit Josh's exhibit at Washington's Headquarters Museum, featuring first editions of Birds of America and Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.
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Maggie Maclean. “Lucy Bakewell Audubon” Women History Blog. April 2017http://www.womenhistoryblog.com/2015/09/lucy-bakewell-audubon.html
Lester D. Stephens. “Science, Race, and Religion in the American South: John Bachman and the Charleston Circle of Naturalists, 1815-1895”. University of North Carolina Press, 2003. April 2017.
Wikipedia. “Havell Family”. Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia. April 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havell_family
Audubon.org Editors. “History of Audubon and Science-based Bird Conservation”. Audubon.org Website. April 2017. http://www.audubon.org/content/history-audubon-and-waterbird-conservation
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This blog post by Joshua Knighten, Rowan University.