Environmental Film Series Features J.J. Audubon

On Friday, Jan. 27, 7-9 p.m., trek over to the Walker Nature Center located at 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, VA, 20191, for a showing of the environmental film “John James Audubon & Birds of America.” Reservations are required by January 24. Call 703-476-9689. A $5 donation is suggested.

Audubon saw the wilderness and birds as early as the 1820s “in their last flourishing,” Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Rhodes expresses in the film. His passion for birds carried him across a continental wilderness to observe them in their natural habitat, and his skills as an artist and observer immortalized them and their environment to remind and inspire us two centuries later. “His real gift to us is awareness and that awareness is the beginning of conservation,” Rhodes says.

Audubon’s drawings and writings influenced generations of nature lovers, including Teddy Roosevelt and Henry David Thoreau.