There are over 200 specimens in the LAS taxidermy collection! Thanks to the Great Basin Institute, you can view the LAS taxidermy collection at the Galena Creek Visitor Center. The specimens are used regularly during our classroom visits and at education events.
The taxidermy collection has been established by the help of volunteers--people who have found dead birds and turned them over to LAS. Former Education Chair, Alan Gubanich, has state and federal Salvage and Educational Use Permits to allow him to use the specimens. Alan turns the dead birds over to a taxidermist who then mounts them for use. Many of the specimens have been paid for by grant monies from the National Audubon Society’s Whittell Fund Committee. Others were supported by monies from the LAS Education Committee or from our members. The Eagles and Agriculture Steering Committee in Carson Valley, the Spanish Springs Lions Club, and Great Basin Institute have also made generous donations.
You can help. If you find a dead bird in good condition, put it in a plastic bag with a note stating your name, location, and date; squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible; and put the bird in a freezer. Contact Alan and he will let you know if it’s a species we can use and arrange to get the bird from you.