I am learning a new skill, starting this week.
Taxidermy. Our local Audubon Society chapter has secured a collection permit in order to develop an educational collection. Matt Klope, a biologist and taxidermist, is teaching some of us to cure specimens for the collection. They come from car strikes, window strikes, natural and unexplained deaths. There are quite a few of them that need to be processed.
My first is a female Belted Kingfisher. It took about 3 hours. I would have liked to have had time to sew it up stuffed, but we decided to pin it out as a flat skin. It wasn’t anywhere near as gross as I thought it could have been. And what a great way to get to know my favorite inspiration better. At least they hold still for a while.