GNSI-DC: The Unfeathered Bird

Event Date: 
November 19, 2013 - 10:30pm to November 20, 2013 - 1:00am

Join the GNSI-DC for a special presentation.

Register at the bottom of this page.

Katrina Van Grouw is half artist, half ornithologist, and occupies a niche midway between art and science. Now she is also an author. Katrina Van Grouw will discuss her career, the amazing anatomy of birds, and the process of creating her wonderful book on bird anatomy - The Unfeathered Bird. There is more to a bird than simply feathers. And just because birds evolved from a single flying ancestor, doesn’t mean they are structurally all the same. With over 300 stunning drawings representing 200 species, The Unfeathered Bird is the most richly illustrated book on bird anatomy ever produced and offers a refreshing insight into what goes on beneath the surface.

Katrina will be signing copies of her book at the National Museum of Natural History from 1-3 PM on November 19th!

For more on The Unfeathered bird, visit

About the Author
Katrina van Grouw graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1992 where she gained an MA in Natural History Illustration for an illustrated thesis on bird anatomy for artists. Although she has had no formal scientific training, Katrina’s ornithological knowledge, including skills as a specimen preparator and taxidermist, gained her a curatorial position in the bird skin collections at London’s Natural History Museum. She remained in this post for seven years before leaving in 2010 to concentrate on completing The Unfeathered Bird. Katrina is also a qualified bird bander and has travelled widely on international bird banding expeditions in Africa and South America.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave., Washington, DC.
Cathy Kerby Room (3rd Floor, East Court)
phone: 202-633-2001

Wait for an escort in the Constitution Avenue lobby between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. (about every 15 minutes)

-- 5:30 p.m. A Pot Luck dinner and socializing (Please bring a food item to share with our English visitor, or $2.00 for the donation jar.)
– 6:00 p.m. Business meeting
-- 6:10 p.m. Presentation begins. We will check for late stragglers at the Constitution avenue entrance every 15min. until 6:15.

If you would like to park in the museum lot, email Alice Tangerini ([email protected]) with your name. The security at the museum has been increased and you will need to be on Alice's list to park at or after 5:00 p.m.

Be sure not to miss this one!

Registration is free, seating is limited. You can sign up with the form below by logging in to your GNSI account or registering a free account with your contact information.

OR send an email to Britt Griswold ([email protected]) with your Name, Email Address, and Phone number.

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