Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Not named for Abraham

Lincoln's Sparrow
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
Yes, I'm impressed with your 16th President, but no, I'm not named for him. John James Audubon gave us our name in 1833, not for the Great Emancipator, who was only 24 at the time and not exactly famous, but for Thomas Lincoln, Audubon's young flunkie, who shot the first specimens of our species that Audubon ever saw, on Audubon's trip to Labrador. Yuck.

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