A History of Conservation

History of Conservation - A Bird's Eye View

From: Ann Paul, Regional Coordinator, and Mark Rachal, FCIS Sanctuary Manager

Please consider a visit to the Tampa Bay History Center (TBHC) in Tampa to see a very special exhibit, “A History of Conservation: The Bird’s-eye View”.

We are working with the History Center to provide the materials that portray the conservation movement’s drama and accomplishments, much by regional activists and focused locally.

The exhibit will include:

  • Ancient cultures’ appreciation of birds
  • The naturalists who described North America’s flora and fauna, and opened the world’s eyes to birds
  • Devastation of the wading birds and shorebirds for the plume trade and other exploitation in the late-19th and early-20th centuries which initiated the early conservation movement
  • The popularization of eggs or stuffed birds as home decoration
  • The men and women who worked tirelessly to protect birds as well as natural habitats
  • Founders of the National Audubon Society and their efforts to educate children about wildlife protection
  • Theodore Roosevelt’s protection of bird nesting colonies through designation of the Federal Bird Reservations (now National Wildlife Refuges), and Audubon’s role in protecting the sanctuaries
  • Early laws and treaties which eventually saved Florida’s wading and shore bird populations
  • Establishment of Audubon sanctuaries and regional actions to restore and protect bird colonies and foraging habitats; - Interstate and international collaborations to reestablish populations of eagles, herons and pelicans
  • Displays of the evolution of bird field guides and binoculars, leading to improved bird science
  • Beach-nesting bird diorama
  • Conservation organizations and the opportunities they provide for citizens to participate today – to allow citizens to find their own “conservation action niche”.

Additionally, there will be an exhibition of historical ornithological art and its role in furthering bird science.

This 3,000 square foot exhibit will be open August 25, 2018 through February 10, 2019.

Allow 2 hours to see the exhibit. There is even more to see in the interesting, full, rich History Center permanent exhibits.

The hours of admission are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

The TBHC Admission fees :

Adults – $14.95

Seniors – $12.95

Youth – $10.95

Children – Free

Group rates are available. Find out more about the TBHC at tampabayhistorycenter.org