John James Audubon was a naturalist who studied nature. We read a story about him in our Reading Anthology Book, The Boy who Drew Birds. When we went to the Pete Dye Golf Course, we got to be naturalists for the day. While we studied ecosystems, John James mostly studied birds.
John James was one of the first people to ever study birds in their habitat. He put a band around a bird’s leg to prove his theory that birds return to the same nesting area. His theory was correct. When John saw that the bird that had the band on his ankle had returned, he had proven that the birds migrate and return to the same general area. He documented his findings in journals and detailed illustrations. It was very interesting reading about John James and his theories about nature.
Just like John, as the first elementary class to visit the Pete Dye Golf Course to study ecosystems. We studied living and nonliving organisms in their natural environment. We both made observations and recorded data. He did detailed drawings. We did scientific journals and documented our findings through photographs.
Today, there is an Audubon Society that continues his work. Our class along with the golf course wants to preserve and enhance our local environment, just like John James.-Teegan, Lydia, Clara