Meet Audubon’s Assistant Painter: Maria Martin Bachman
April 10, 2015

Currently on display at New-York Historical is the final installment of the three-year series featuring all of John James Audubon’s original watercolor models for The Birds of America. Because of their fragility, this is your last chance to catch these stunning works. So don’t miss out—come see Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight and perch with…

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Uptown, Audubon’s Birds Hit the Streets
March 6, 2015

Patron saint of the environmentalist movement and celebrated ornithologist, John James Audubon was the first to sound the alarm. He recognized in the early 1800s that many avian species and their habitats were threated. Almost 200 years later, many of the feathered subjects are endangered or extinct. To see 42 of his original breathtaking watercolors…

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Find Audubon’s Masterpieces in Central Park!
March 13, 2014

On March 21, Audubon’s Aviary:Parts Unknown will open at the New-York Historical Society, featuring over 100 of Audubon’s watercolors for The Birds of America. Some of these birds will seem exotic to North Americans, but did you know that many of them can be found in the city’s own backyard: Central Park? Some birds are…

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Puffins: Audubon’s Lovebirds
February 13, 2014

We can all tell that Atlantic Puffins are some of the most adorable birds out there, but did you know they’re also hopeless romantics? To mate, puffins form long-term relationships, where the male builds the nest and both parents incubate the egg and feed the chick, known as a “puffling.” Happy Valentine’s Day! When John…

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Audubon’s Work Becomes Feathering For Rats Nests
March 28, 2013

Our current exhibition Audubon’s Aviary: Part 1 of the Complete Flock is now open, and everyone is loving the collection of original watercolors displayed throughout the second floor. But did you know that the exhibition also features some lesser-known Auduboniana? One of our favorites is this Meiji Period (approximately 1868-1912) woodcut depicting John James Audubon. Audubon…

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Where Have All The Pigeons Gone?
February 21, 2013

New York City would be an entirely different place without our pigeons (AKA Rock Doves, Carrier Pigeons). But for hundreds of years, a different pigeon dominated America’s landscape. The Passenger Pigeon was once the most abundant bird on the North American continent, with estimates putting their population at three to five billion at their height….

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For Red-Tailed Hawks, Skyscrapers Are Just Cliffs
December 4, 2012

As we’ve mentioned before, John James Audubon often depicted the dark side of nature through birds of prey. His watercolor of two Red-Tailed Hawks shows two of the birds fighting over a fresh kill, a common sight in bird territory. However, many people assume that a bird’s habitat is a secluded forest or cliffside. Not…

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Pale Male, Audubon and the Life of the Red-Tailed Hawk
March 8, 2012

UPDATE BELOW: If Central Park had a mascot, it would be Pale Male, the majestic Red-tailed Hawk who has made the park his home since the early 1990s. Birders have chronicled his life and loves, from First Love to Lola to his latest mate, Lima. But nature has its dark side; last week Lima was…

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The Day Thanksgiving Was Born
November 24, 2011

  Thanksgiving may have been celebrated by Pilgirms and Native Americans in New England with feasts of corn and eel (yes, eel), but it wasn’t until 1863 that it became a truly American holiday. Sarah Joseph Hale was the first to suggest that Thanksgiving should be celebrated nationwide, and after a 20 year campaign President…

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