America’s Taxidermy Revival: Kill It, Grill It…And Preserve It

My first brush with the process of taxidermy came as a biology student at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the largest college of natural resources in America. I was hand selected by my ornithology professor to help expand the department’s collection of birds because I was reasonably handy with a shotgun, and he wasn’t.

Soon I was shooting all manner of songbirds in the name of science and, of course, the good professor had a collector’s permit, so the practice was perfectly legal for educational purposes. If it wasn’t, I’m confident the statute of limitations has long since expired.

Our field forays to collect larks, finches, thrushes,

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