John J. Audobon's Grave
#OTD John James Audubon was born in Haiti on this day in 1785.
“A true conservationist…knows the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children.”
A naturalist and a lover of birds, The Ottowa Daily Republic published a charming story about his burial.
"John J. Audubon, the naturalist and bird lover, is buried in Trinity, cemetery. There has been erected over his grave an Iona cross; the arms of which are connected by a circular band of stone, making apertures of the four corners at the intersection.
In one of these, (apertures) robins built a nest last month. This fell under the eye of a caretaker, who got a pole and dislodged the nest. The birds flew about disconsolately for a time, then went away.
So far as any one knows, Audubon did not turn over in his grave, neither did any of the carved birds on the [cross] cry out."