NLPM's first Save the Birds sponsors
"As children, Mike and I remember going to the New London Public Museum and looking at the beautiful bird displays," said Barb Laib. "Our feathered friends at the museum do not look their best any more. We wanted the young people in New London to have the same fond memories we have of our visits to the museum. That is why we wanted to become sponsors in the Save the Birds preservation project."
Charles Carr, museum founder, collected the Tundra Swan in 1887 in Silver Lake, South Dakota. Cleaning old bird mounts is the most difficult aspect of taxidermy restoration. The most difficult types of birds to clean are white birds; it will take a specialist at least 40 to 50 hours just to clean the Tundra Swan.
The New London Public Museum has over 200 birds in the collection. Typically, over 130 are on display year round. Most of the birds at NLPM are close to or over 100 years old. They desperately need to be cleaned and preserved. To learn more about how you can help support this restoration project, visit the museum. If your group would be interested in learning more about the Save the Birds fundraiser and exhibit, contact Christine at 982-8520 to set up a presentation. She will come to your organization and tell you all about this one-of-a-kind exhibit and fundraiser.
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