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John James Audubon   (1785-1851)               

John James Audubon, ornithologist, naturalist and painter, identified 25 new species of birds and 12 new subspecies, kept detailed journals, and strived to document all North American birds in Birds of America. The National Audubon Society was named in his honor.

Spencer Fullerton Baird   (1823-1887)                  

Spencer Fullerton Baird, naturalist, ornithologist, ichthyologist, and herpetologist, was the first curator named at the Smithsonian Institution. He also was appointed the Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries for the U.S. Fish Commission.

Henry David Thoreau   (1817-1862)                      

Author and poet Henry David Thoreau, best known for his work about living simply in a natural surrounding at Walden Pond, was a naturalist and historian. His last writing about natural history and philosophy became the precursor to ecology and environmental history.

George Perkins Marsh   (1801-1882)               

George Perkins Marsh, known as America’s first environmentalist, was also a diplomat, philologist, novelist, and art collector. He played a major role in the creation of Adirondack Park and brought attention to deforestation.

George Bird Grinnell   (1849-1938)              

George Bird Grinnell traveled the American West and studied Native Americans, animals and the environment. He also wrote articles dealing with conservation and protection of buffalos, helped establish the Glacier National Park, helped restore woodlands, and organized the first Audubon Society and the New York Zoological Society.

Theodore Roosevelt   (1858-1919)               

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, expanded U.S. wildlife policies and established national parks, forests and monuments. He also was an author, explorer, naturalist, and historian.