John James Audubon was an ornithologist and painter best known for cataloging the birds of North America. Each of his paintings depicts the bird set true-to-life in its natural habitat. He published several books of his works, including Birds of North America, which is often regarded as the greatest picture book ever published. Christie's sold a copy in 2000 for $8.8 million and set a world record for most expensive printed book.
The National Audubon society was incorporated in 1905 and named in his honor. Today, on this most patriotic of days, we are celebrating the Bald Eagle.