LSU Libraries, 95 Fieldhouse Drive, will host Audubon Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Hill Memorial Library’s McIlhenny Room on campus.
This is the only day a year that the double elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America (London, 1827-1838)” is available for viewing.
“Birds of America” records the rich bird and plant life that Audubon saw and drew firsthand while living in Louisiana in the 1820s. The edition is known as the “elephant folio due to its large size, with each of its 435 pages measuring 39 inches by 27 inches.
Viewing is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to the popularity of the event. Each one-hour viewing of “Birds of America” is limited to 35 attendees. Registration is open at the following times:
- 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- 11 a.m. to noon
- Noon to 1 p.m.
- 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
During each hour, all four volumes of “Birds of America” will be flipped through simultaneously. Volumes 1 to 3 contain 100 plates each; Volume 4 contains 135 plates.
Additional reference materials and other books on birds from the library’s collections will also be on display. Visitors are allowed to take photos without flash.
There will also be a display of McIlhenny’s collection of natural history books, representatives from the LSU Museum of Natural Sciences answering questions and giving a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s bird collection, and several students from the LSU Veterinary School handling live birds from the Resident Raptor Program. BREC also plans to have an information table.
Food and drink are not permitted in the McIlhenny Room.