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John James Audubon International Symposium

Apr 1, 2022 at 7:00 AM CDT - Apr 2, 2022 at 4:00 PM CDT

$50.00 - $60.00

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Event Details

Note: To purchase a package ticket covering both the JJA International Symposium AND the Audubon Under the Oaks Gala, click the orange "Packages Available" button above.


Inaugural John James Audubon International Symposium

September 17–18, 2021

St. Francisville, Louisiana


History was made on June 18, 1821, when John James Audubon disembarked the Columbia Steamboat and walked to the James Pirrie farm, Oakley. Audubon was mesmerized by the hilly, bluffed terrain of the countryside and astonished by the large, variety of birds than flew in and out of the trees. This short walk spurred Audubon to restart his work on his Birds of America portfolio. 

This year marks the bicentennial anniversary of John James Audubon’s life and work in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. As part of the celebration, the West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission is hosting the first John James Audubon International Symposium, September 17 and 18, 2021. This will be the only annual symposium dedicated to the life and work of John James Audubon.




Symposium Program Itinerary

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• Birding and Historic Tours

Friday, September 17

Audubon Historic Site

7 am–4 pm

$50 per person

Ornithologists will guide participants in the woods that John James Audubon actually sketched and collected bird specimens for his Birds of America portfolio.  

7:00 am Registration at Audubon Historic Site

Bird tour #1: Audubon Historic Site

Bird tour #2: Mary Brown Nature Preserve

10:30 amTour of Oakley House 

Lunch on your own

1:00 pm–4:00 pm Historic tours:

Beechwood Cemetery

Catalpa Plantation


Purchase your tickets above for:

• John James Audubon International Symposium

Saturday, September 18

Event Center at the Bluffs

8 am–2:20 pm

$60 per person (includes lunch)

8:00 – Registration 

8:45 – Welcome and Introduction

9:00 – Danny Heitman

10:00 – Break

10:20 – Ben Forkner

11:30 – Lunch

12:30 – Randy Harelson

1:30 – Guest Speaker  

2:20 – Meet the Speakers


Note: To purchase a ticket package covering the symposium and the Audubon Under the Oaks Gala click the orange "Packages Available" button above.

Venue Information

Audubon State Historic Site
11788 Highway 965
St. Francisville, LA 70775
(225) 635-3739
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Organizer Information

West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission


11757 Ferdinand Street
Saint Francisville, LA 70775
(800) 789-4221

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