"The land where Trinity Cemetery rests was once part of the estate of the artist and ornithologist John James Audubon, the creator of The Birds of America and other naturalist works depicting fauna in their native environments. Audubon died in 1851, and a monumental Celtic cross carved with birds on one side and mammals on the other, including a bat, buffalo, rabbit, deer, fox and squirrel, was put over his grave in 1893 by the New York Academy of Sciences.
(T)he most elaborate grave in Trinity Cemetery and one of the most impressive memorials in New York City, with incredible detail in the lively animals that are animated in stone along its 16-foot height as tributes to Audubon’s art. On either side the animals are asked to “praise him and magnify him forever,” with “o all ye beasts and cattle” and “ye fowls of the air” called to “bless ye the Lord.””
Audobon is the greatest American bird conservationists. Great story via HyperAllergic.