Discover more talk

Bird enthusiasts Beth Snewin and Julia Hazel took on the challenge of learning taxidermy in order to assist with the museum’s bird displays and research material. Both had initial doubts about how they would cope with ‘stuffing dead animals’ but it proved far less gruesome than it sounds and they quickly became intrigued by the combination of art and craft skills that taxidermy requires.

In this presentation Beth and Julia will explain how current techniques evolved from the diverse early origins of taxidermy. They describe the step-by-step process they follow after a dead bird is received by the museum, typically one that has flown into a window accidentally, been hit by a car or caught by a dog. No birds are intentionally killed for display purposes.

A variety of recent work will be presented, ranging from scientific “study-skins” to a group of cassowaries for a new display at the museum.

In contrast to constantly moving live birds, taxidermy specimens provide a unique opportunity to look closely at details. The examples will include special adaptive features of various Queensland birds and highlight the value of such specimens for education and conservation.

Discover More, our series of monthly lectures, are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 12noon. The talks cover a wide range of subjects and are delivered by experts in the relevant field.

Event Details

09 August 2011, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Level One Theatre
Free with Admission

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