John James Audubon: Naturalist, Artist and American. The story of a man who discovered and then fulfilled his dream, presented by Lee Witkowski of the Will County Audubon Society.
Many people have heard of the “Audubon Society” but do not really understand where the name comes from. John James Audubon was an artist who was born in the late 18th century and did most of his work in the first half of the 19th century. He traveled from his childhood home in France to the young United States where he tried his hand at being an entrepreneur but due to circumstances, some of them beyond his control, he failed. During this time, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Eventually he found his calling and began to work on promoting his primary life’s work, The Birds of America. This venture was fraught with ups and downs. Mr. Witkowski’s highly animated presentation will take you through some of the highlights of this man’s incredible life.
Lee Witkowski earned his B.S. at Northern Illinois University. He majored in Biology and minored in Geography. Governors State University is where he earned his Master’s degree in Environmental Science. His vocation was to be a teacher and that’s how he started out. After several years of junior high school as well as high school, he turned his attention to the emerging computer industry. During this career, he worked with technology but always seemed to gravitate to teaching technology. He worked as a sales trainer as well as a Certified Novell Instructor. This included “Train the Trainer” classes where he certified technicians to convey software knowledge to other technicians. Eventually, he returned to the formal classroom as an adjunct professor for Lewis University and Moraine Valley Community College.