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Long Bison Grass with Seed Heads

My able volunteer Stefan Hurlburt comes in on Thursdays and does a variety of tasks around my shop (he shows real promise as a taxidermist!). He strengthened the drooping long grasses with seed heads in the Shoreline diorama several years … Continue reading

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Grass from Wyoming!

This morning, I received 3 large boxes at the Peabody Museum of fresh grass clumps from Wyoming. Michelle Downey from Yale Forestry School’s Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative in Clearmont, Wyoming organized a team of over 15 people yesterday to … Continue reading

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Great Plains Skink

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Update: Alaskan Brown Bears

I finished re-coloring the bears this afternoon. Here are the before and after photos: I also removed the Great Plains Skink from the Mule Deer diorama. Surprisingly, it is not a cast, but a dried specimen in good shape-except for … Continue reading

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Re-Coloring the Alaskan Brown Bear

I got started the re-coloring process in the Alaskan Brown Bear diorama. I looked at the Bear rug closely for guidance on color and patterns of light and dark (value patterns) in the fur. There are no bears painted in … Continue reading

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Bear Cleaning

I started in earnest today on the bears. I brought up some of the planks we have used previously in the Shoreline and the Bog dioramas. They fit into the Bear diorama beautifully so I can now walk around the … Continue reading

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New Dioramas Opened Today

The Mule Deer and the Alaskan Brown Bear dioramas were opened this morning with help from a local glass company, Whalley Glass. Four strong-backed guys from Whalley Glass picked up the two large panes of glass like it was nothing. … Continue reading

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