What can I do with a dead bird?
January 23, 2007 3:43 PM Subscribe
What can I do with a dead bird (beyond outright disposal)?
posted by bookley to science & nature (23 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I found a dead sparrow in the alley. Because it’s winter, the carcass is in pristine condition. It's quite brilliant to look at, and I lost track of time crouched over it in wonder. (I can’t remember when I last lost track of time like this.) I began moving it to the dumpster, but a dumpster felt like the wrong place. I considered burial, which doesn't quite feel right for a bird either.
1) I *think* I like the idea of preserving the sparrow in something like a mason jar, then setting it on one of my bookshelves. I know it’s dead and doesn’t know better, but I still wonder how this might be disrespectful to the bird. Can such an act be considered generally disrespectful to nature? While a significant part of my motivation is to explore the genuine sense of wonder this dead creature first stirred, another part is maybe driven by the idea that a bird in a jar would make some pretty rad décor (and an interesting project). Is there a better alternative?
2) How would I go about safely preserving and displaying for the best effect (within the above parameters of somehow being respectful)? I don't want to take this to a taxidermist.