Here at the Joseph Moore Museum, we know the perfect way to counteract the Monday blues: skinning birds with friends!
All summer long, our friends around campus have been donating the birds that hit windows and the squirrels that fell out of trees to our scientific pursuits. With the museum’s freezers at peak capacity, it’s time to begin preparing the deceased for a long, happy afterlife in the museum collections.
To join the collections, the specimens need to have their muscle and fat removed and the space refilled with cotton. This process can take from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the specimen and the preparer.
Retired Professor of Biology and experienced skinner Bill Buskirk is leading an intrepid band of museum staffers on the journey to the bottom of the freezer. Check out some of their work below: