The watercolors date from the early 19th century.
Bird lover and naturalist James John Audubon famously dedicated years of his life to creating some 435 life-sized watercolors of North America in the early 19th century.
While tracking birds across the U.S. and Canada, Audubon recorded their appearance, habits, and even their apparent demeanor in a book that would be called "Birds of America." The text documented the natural habitats of the continent's birds, and it has now come to serve as a poignant reminder of the importance of conservation. The Carolina parrot, for instance, which Audubon reproduced in detail in his book, became extinct in the early 20th century after the last captive bird died in 1918.
Nearly 200 years later, the collection is now available for high-resolution download through the Audubon website. The online library can be used as a point of reference for ornithologists and amateur birdwatchers alike.
Anyone can now download the prints for posters or other artwork and screen-printing projects. Explore some of the best prints that are now available through the Audubon's website.