Google is For the Birds... But just for today...

Google's logo for today, April 26, 2011, honors the birthday of John James Audubon, a French-American artist, ornithologist, and naturalist born in 1785. He was famous for painting and cataloguing the birds of North America unlike anyone else had ever done before him.

John James Audubon was also the inspiration for the creation of The National Audubon Society, an American non-profit environmental organization dedicated to conservation.

Painting of John James Audubon

I love when Google does special logos, which they seem to be doing more and more often these days.The last one we featured was their honoring of Robert Bunsen's 200th birthday. I'm glad Google is recognizing Audubon, but I do wonder why they picked his 226th birthday rather than the 225th, which seems more like a celebration year!

Does anyone know the history of this?

Does Google recognize John James Audubon every year?

Seeing this logo and commemoration reminds me of how intrinsically related conservation, the environment, safety, and sustainability are to one another.