LIVE Taxidermy Demonstration:
Watch a taxidermist prepare a specimen, up close and personal with a step-by-step tutorial.
February 16th, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. 10 seats will be reserved for participants interested in watching the process from start to finish.
Please register here: https://secure.rec1.com/.../montgomery-county.../catalog
Those who are curious are welcome to stop in and take a peek. The Nature Center carries the required state and federal permits to possess migratory birds. ALL specimen for this program died of natural causes and were collected within the park.
Katie Netti is the Natural Resource and Program Supervisor at the Nature Center and a trained and licensed taxidermist. Katie will walk participants step by step through the process of skinning a bird to the final stuffing/mounting. The Northern Flicker, a large and colorful woodpecker is the specimen for this program. This bird was found deceased on the park property. Bird mounts are unique in that they do not require harmful chemicals for preservation. No eating or drinking will be allowed in the room for the duration of the process. Participants will not be permitted to touch the specimen.
*Passed in 1918, The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) prohibits the take (including killing, capturing, selling, trading, and transport) of protected migratory bird species without prior authorization by the Department of Interior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is illegal for an individual to collect eggs, feathers, and/or nests. 99% of birds are protected by this law, typically not covered by the MBTA include house sparrow, European starling, and rock pigeon.*