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5 things you didn't know about John James Audubon

The world is celebrating the 226th birthday of naturalist John James Audubon today. Audubon, who was born April 26, 1785, first rose to fame through the 435 magnificent paintings he created for his landmark work, "Birds of America," which detailed more than 700 bird species and was first published as a series on a subscription basis between 1827 and 1838.

Despite the book's continued popularity — and the enormous impact of the National Audubon Society, the organization that bears his name — most people don't know much about Audubon himself. Here are five facts that should shed some well-deserved light on this important ornithologist.

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