Hi! I'm a taxidermist.
To me, Nature is God. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.

All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, secondhand sources such as fellow artists and estate sales, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.

As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.

Other interests include: Wilderness survival, primitive skills, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, boffing, airsoft, snowboarding, meandering around town, and caving.

 

carrioncoyote:

quixotic-exotic:

You, too, can feed your dog rabies!

What’s next? An “Old Dan and Little Ann” flavor that has a live mountain lion spring out of the bag when you open it?

I’ll take two of the mountain lion flavor. 

carrioncoyote:

quixotic-exotic:

You, too, can feed your dog rabies!

What’s next? An “Old Dan and Little Ann” flavor that has a live mountain lion spring out of the bag when you open it?

I’ll take two of the mountain lion flavor. 

The belief that in death, beauty could be found. The belief that through the act of preservation, a new kind of life was promised. Immortal, perfect, brilliant, in the face of the shifting and decaying world.

The Taxidermist’s Daughter, Kate Mosse (via bonemonger)

I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community.

Janet Mock (via girlsgetbusyzine)

(Source: stayherewithus)

ploteclipse asked
Floating head with one dog

Dern. 


But, thanks for letting me know! Your honesty is appreciated.

Guess I’ll find an alternative! 

Changed my Icon.

Can you tell it’s me and my pups, or does it just look like a floating head? 

oddbutadorkable asked
Do you think that dog could more be conditioned to that behavior? Kind of like the whole study where people have trained dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell? But for this dog, he/she responds to the music, and trained/responds by dancing?

It’s a pretty complex leap: The ringing bell experiment was actually very straightforward - at the ring of a bell, the dog was fed. So when the food was removed from the equation, the animal still anticipated food, thus the drool.

Bell ringing = drooling Vs. music = dancing? I don’t really see it. Dogs have no concept of what dancing is, especially in such an anthropomorphic way. It seems more likely that it’s just getting agitated because of the people there, but doesn’t know how to channel that energy. So he’s picked up classic stereotypic behaviors, such as head-bobbing and pacing (even if he does so while standing in one place). 

christhecreep:

sweet-bitsy:

letmestayawhile:

steampunkgiraffe:

GERMAN SHEPHERDS ARE SUCH SCARY DOGS WOW

omfg crying

I know which playlist to add this to

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I have never in my life seen a dog dance like that. Just wow.

This actually looks like a stereotypic behavior, likely caused by the fact that this dog’s living conditions are utterly appalling. German shepherds are working dogs, and need a lot of daily activity to keep them physically and mentally active.

This pup doesn’t look like he’s been taken out of his enclosure for a long while. He doesn’t have any toys in there for enrichment, and the space is far too small for him. He’s literally gone insane as a result. 

I’m sure that notactuallycute can give a more in-depth explanation for this (if they haven’t already). But in the meantime, please stop sharing this video as “adorable” or “funny” when it actually shows animal suffering. 

(Source: k8thescout)

altersociety:

socialjusticekoolaid:

The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover 

The people of Ferguson are an inspiration and they are true examples of perseverance in the face of struggle and pain. I stand with Ferguson.

i-am-a-mushroom:

i-am-a-mushroom:

i-am-a-mushroom:

i-am-a-mushroom:

My shrimp is so weird like when I touch it, it changes colors and kinda spasms sometimes idk

like it was kinda pinkish and then it turned red and now its yellow

and it has a stripe that wasn’t there before

its weird

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clarification

MY PET SHRIMP

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further clarafication

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SHRIMP

IN

A

FISH TANK

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