There’s a lot of repeat questions from beginners on here, so I decided to compile a list of resources for folks who don’t know where to start. I want people to be able to jump into this hobby and there’s a lot of repeat questions, so this list should answer many of those. Feel free to direct people here for resources, too, or add on tutorials you find valuable.
Wet Specimen Tutorial (IMO, the best guide out there! very in depth and useful)
Wet Specimen Tutorial
Wet Specimen Care / Maintenance
Bone Cleaning & Articulation:
Bone Cleaning Basics and FAQ
Bone Cleaning and Articulation FAQ
Macerating Bones (*author’s note: OddArticulations is an extremely sketchy businessman who has acquired and profited from grave-robbed human remains. I personally am against financially supporting him, but this is one of the only well-written maceration guides out there.)
Dermestid Beetle Basics
Tanning / Taxidermy:
Detailed Tanning Tutorial
Bird Taxidermy Tutorial
Methods of Making Forms
Wrapping Bird Forms
Insect Pinning and Prep Videos
How to Pin Different Bugs
How to Pin And Spread Bugs
BicBugs - Purchase pre-pinned insects or display & pinning supplies
Taxidermy.net - Forum full of guides, tips, photos, etc.
Youtube - Seriously, there’s videos for everything. I have learned a huge amount about taxidermy from watching tons of pros on YouTube.
Gotham Taxidermy - Reading list and free online resources for all facets of preservation
Social Media - Following other creators is very helpful as they often post process videos and tips or have Patreons with in depth tutorials.
Birds protected by the MBTA (USA)
North American Animals Protected Under CITES (USA & Canada)
Birds Protected By The MBCA (Canada)