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Starling Taxidermy Workshop

Sunday, October 6  |  11:00 am – 6:00 pm

$280 for non-members 
$250 for ADKX members

(This workshop does not include the weekend program or Curious Creatures Masquerade admission)

Spaces are limited for the program and workshops; advance registration with payment is required. Please call 518-352-7311, ext. 116 or email ccampeau@theadkx.org for more information (or for workshop-only registration).

In this class, we will learn about the fascinating anatomy of birds and traditional bird taxidermy. European starlings are beautiful birds, but considered invasive due to their destruction of crops and native bird species, and so are one of the few birds that can be legally possessed by individuals in the US.

Each class will teach students everything involved in producing a fully finished mount, including initial preparation, hygiene and sanitary measures, fleshing, tail stripping, and dry preservation. Professionally preserved skins will be mounted on custom-made body forms, posed and outfitted as the student desires. A selection of props and accessories will be provided, though students are also encouraged to bring their own accessories and bases if they desire something specific. All other supplies will be provided for use in class and as always, all specimens are sustainably sourced.

Each student will leave class with a fully finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.

Technical notes:

  • We use NO harsh or dangerous chemicals.
  • Everyone will be provided with gloves and sanitary equipment.
  • All animals are disease free.
  • All animals are sustainably sourced- nothing was killed for this class. Animals used in this class are discards from the feeder/pet food industry, the by-product of abatement work, naturally deceased, or discards from the food service industry.
  • Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class.

A unique combination of science and style, Divya Anantharaman is New York City’s premiere taxidermist. An award-winning licensed professional preserving animals with honor and compassion, she recently took second place in the Professional division at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships, and is the coauthor of the book “Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy.” Her specialties are birds, small mammals, and anatomic anomalies. She left the world of corporate fashion to pursue her love of natural history as the resident taxidermist at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, and has built a following creating taxidermy, skeletal, and entomology displays, along with jewelry and wearable art, for anyone who finds wonder in the natural world. She is a board member of the New England Association of Taxidermists. Her clients include museums, art galleries, and private collectors, though she really enjoys demystifying taxidermy for newbies through workshops and lectures. In her commitment to conservation, she regularly works with various organizations like the Audubon Society and volunteers as a rescuer/rehabber. All animal parts are legally and sustainably obtained.

Credit card payment is due at time of registration. Please be aware that the program and workshops require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation due to insufficient registration. Museum staff will notify any registered participants by September 3 if any portion of the weekend events are cancelled. Refunds will be issued at time of cancellation.

To cancel your registration, please notify the Adirondack Experience no later than September 3rd to receive a full refund. After September 4th, refund amounts will be limited to 50% of the registration cost.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after September 17th.