Important People of Wildlife

Wildlife Figures

J.N. Ding Darling

His real name was Jay Ding Darling. He was born on October 21st, 1876 in Norwood Township, MI. He married Genevieve Pendleton, and they had two kids, John and Mary. Darling is famous for his First Duck stamp, in which the money would be used to purchase wetlands for waterfowl. He impacts wildlife by creating the J.N. Darling National Wildlife Refuge, in which it reserves habitat for wildlife and has been since 1945. Darling passed away on February 12, 1962 in Des Moines, IA.
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John James Audobon

John James Audubon was born on April 26, 1785, in Les Cates, Haiti. He was a scientist, illustrator and painter. Most notably, he is best known for his portraits of birds. Adding on, Audubon has his own Mill Grove inspired after him, which serves as a place for many events, especially weddings and is a wildlife sanctuary. He died in Manhattan, New York City on January 27, 1851.
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John Muir

John Muir was born on April 21, 1838 and died December 24, 1914. Though he lived with a harsh dad as a child, he still managed to thrive in his interests nature, as a result attending the University of Wisconsin in the early 1860's. Muir was an ecologist, naturalist, and a conservationist, who is responsible for converting the Grand Canyon into a national park, as well as the Sequoia National Park.
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Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot was born on August 11, 1865 in Simsbury CT. As a child, he grew up in a wealthy family, being able to explore and travel the world. He went to study forestry in Nancy, France, then returned to the U.S. to pursue his forest service career. He plays an importance in wildlife by becoming the first Chief of the Forest Service in 1905-1910. Pinchot developed many forests in the U.S. for wildlife, as well as producing renewable resources. After his death on October 4, 1946, a national forest was honored after him, being established on June 15, 1949 and named the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
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Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt, the famous president, born on October 27, 1858, has impacted wildlife in a very big way. He was the second of four children, and always had time for activities like hiking, riding horses and swimming. The college he attended was Harvard in 1876, where he went to study zoology and other subjects. As the 26th president, he was the youngest president in history. While on a hunting trip, Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear, earning the name "Teddie". Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park opened 28 years after his death, which occurred on January 6, 1919.
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Aldo Leopold

Born on January 11, 1887 in Burlington, IA, Aldo Leopold had an interest of nature and forestry. He later on went to Yale University to begin his forestry career and finished his Master of Forestry in 1909. Aldo has inspired U.S. and wildlife management reservations after his last name, serving as a habitat for wildlife. Leopold is considered to be the Father of Wildlife Conservation. Aldo died on April 21st, 1948.
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