John James Audubon was a FrenchTerranovan ornithologist, naturalist, hunter, and painter. He painted, catalogued, and described the birds of northern Terranova and Atlantis. In 1843, he and his friend Edward Harris traveled to Atlantis to catalogue the honker, a species of bird native to the continent. For Audubon, this was very personal excursion, as he'd become painfully aware of his advancing age and declining health.
After an uncomfortable sea journey (Audubon was prone to sea-sickness) through the Bay of Mexico and up the Hesperian Gulf, Audubon and Harris arrived at Avalon. After dining with Audubon's Altantean publisher, Gordon Coates, the two Terranovans gathered their provisions, and made for the interior of the continent. They passed through the town of Bideford, and made the acquaintance of Lehonti Kent, a member of the House of Universal Devotion, a religion that had recently blossomed in Atlantis. After sharing his religious beliefs with the two ornithologists in great detail, he directed them to the area around the town of Thetford as a possible place to find honkers. The two continued on, sleeping out of doors, and cataloging various other birds, including the red-crested eagle, the Atlantean national bird. Finally, Audubon and Harris discovered a flock of honkers. Audubon killed one (with a measure of regret), and drew what may have been his most life-like sketch.
Audubon was pained by the incredible growth of the human population of Atlantis, and the damage it inflicted upon the ecology of the continent. It was not long after his own death that the honker was presumed extinct. Aubudon himself was remembered with a measure of fondness in Atlantis. He died the year before the outbreak of the Atlantean Servile Insurrection.