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Kenn Kaufman

June 3, 2024

Everybody gushes over the large, colorful, detailed paintings of birds done by John James Audubon. But how reliable a natural historian was he? Were there birds he should have seen but somehow missed? On this episode of Inquiry, we talk with KENN KAUFMAN. He is an avid naturalist, writer, and field guide author.  Since the 1980s, he has been an editor and consultant on birds for the National Audubon Society. Kenn Kaufman set himself a project of painting Audubon’s missing birds in the style of Audubon. But that is just the framing story found in his new book: THE BIRDS THAT AUDUBON MISSED: DISCOVERY AND DESIRE IN THE AMERICAN WILDERNESS.