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Audubon in Nova Scotia: An Excerpt from the Journals of John James Audubon by Eric Mills

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In August 1833, American artist and adventurer John James Audubon came ashore near Pictou, Nova Scotia, on his way home from three months exploring the Labrador coast—part of the ongoing research for his famous multivolume work, The Birds of America. Audubon spent eight days touring the province, visiting with local people (like the naturalist Thomas McCulloch) and collecting specimens, recording a wide range of observations in his journal. These journal entries provide context to one of Audubon’s important scientific relationships, as well as insights into life and travel in colonial Nova Scotia. The text is introduced and extensively annotated by Eric L. Mills, with original illustrations by Wesley Bates.

 Eric L. Mills is Professor Emeritus of History of Science in the Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University, and Inglis Professor at University of King’s College, both in Halifax. Mills lives in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, where he is an avid birder.

 2018 / Biography/Science, Canadian History / Trade paper / 64 pp