LSU Libraries hosts Annual Audubon Day May 3

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
John James Audubon

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Libraries will host its annual Audubon Day event, which includes a special viewing of the famed double elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America.”

The viewing will be held in the McIlhenny Room of Hill Memorial Library on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, with a reservation required.

A renowned masterpiece of natural history art, “Birds of America” records the rich bird and plant life Audubon saw and drew first-hand when he lived in Louisiana in the 1820s.

The edition is known as the “elephant” folio because of its large size, with each of its 435 pages measuring 39 by 27 inches. Publication took 11 years, from 1827 to 1838. LSU’s copy of the Birds was purchased with a grant from the Crown Zellerbach Foundation in 1964, and it has been shown in various venues over the years.

Audubon Day events are free and the public is welcome, but reservations are required and space is limited. Viewings of the folio volumes are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Only 40 people can be admitted for each showing.

To request a reservation, visit or call 225-578-6544 during business hours.