Thursday, March 03, 2005my head is still whirling with the sickmaking smell of decaying beetles. my classmates & i in the applied aesthetics class had a chance to visit the Field Museum's taxidermy laboratory this morning, and it turns out the best way to strip a corpse down to its skeleton without damaging it isn't acid...it's beetles! so we entered a small room of aquariums teeming with hide beetles and their meals, accompanied by a radio blasting NPR. (this we're told is needed to cover the subtle yet grating sound of chewing. EEEEEEWWWWWW)
thank you Danyel for the tour!! it made my day. i got some pretty gnarly photographs which i'll be posting as soon as i can catch my breath.
in any case i am posting to report my sightings today in Burnham Harbor of 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, 3 AMERICAN CROWS and 4 COMMON GOLDENEYES, a species i've heard lots about but haven't actually seen up till now. Yay!