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Field Trip: Etched Feathers: A History of the Printed Bird


Saturday, July 22, 10:30 a.m.

Tampa Bay History Center

801 Water St, Tampa


John Costin will share his exhibit, A History of the Printed Bird, during a special Tampa Audubon field trip July 22. The exhibit includes historic prints, etchings and an explanation about how this form of artwork is created.


We will meet at 10:30 am in the History Center’s lobby, and John will escort us through the exhibit, which includes his collection of historical prints and his work as a prominent bird artist today. He will share his personal stories and the relevance of the exhibited bird art works and how these etchings added to the scientific knowledge about the birds of the world.


After touring the exhibit with John, we plan to enjoy a pay-your-own lunch at the Columbia Restaurant in the History Center. The Columbia doesn’t take reservations.


Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors. Please bring your money or a check made out to the Tampa Audubon Society. This trip is limited to 25 people. Please RSVP to Ann Paul, president@tampaaudubon.org or 813/624-3149.

Note: Parking in the Channelside area of Tampa is limited. The Channelside Garage opposite the Florida Aquarium, offers covered parking and is about .2 miles from the History Center. Some parking is available in the Garrison Lot, but spaces fill up there. There are a few on-street meter spots open along Water Street around the entrance to the History Center, but due to limited spaces and construction, they usually fill up quickly.


For more information about John and this exhibit, click here. Visit Costin's website here.


About John Costin:

John is a former board member of the Tampa Audubon Society and has supported the efforts of Tampa Audubon and Audubon Florida’s Coastal Islands Sanctuaries for decades. From a child, John has known he wanted to be a bird artist. In college, he studied art history and print making. Today as a print maker, he creates bird and nature portraits, mostly life-sized, at his studio in Ybor City.

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