What to do with a dead owl?

To: "'Peter Shute'" <>, "'Michelle Plant'" <>, "'Greg & Val Clancy'" <>, <>
Subject: What to do with a dead owl?
From: "Ian & Carla Jackett" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 16:21:31 +1000
Hi Peter,


I rescue wildlife and get the odd call to pick up an Owl and sometimes find
them myself on the road.  There are a few things we usually do with the
bodies.  If in good condition we ask the museum or DECC if they would like
it.  If a threatened species we also notify DECC for their records.  DECC
will take some animals to have them taxidermied for their educational
displays.   We wrap and freeze as mentioned by others.  


Another area we use dead specimen's is at our training courses.  WIRES and
other licensed wildlife organisations  may be interested if you give them a
call.  The bodies of Owls are used at our Raptor training courses for ID and
other workshops.  The feathers of dead animals are sometimes used for Imping
(a feather repair/replacement technique) in rehab birds.  This is done to
speed up recovery time and assists with an earlier release.   I have not
done one of these courses for a few years so I am not certain Imping is
still carried out. 


The other use of course is as a food source for larger raptors or other
animals who may feed on carrion.  




Carla Jackett







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What to do with a dead owl?


Peter Shute < >


Tue, 22 Jun 2010 12:18:18 +1000

This morning I found a dead Southern Boobook in Altona, presumably hit by a 
train during the night. I didn't have time to do anything about it, as I was
the way to the station, so I hid it in the bushes. What should I do if it's 
still there tonight? Should things like this be sent to a museum, or does
only apply to rarer species?
Peter Shute==============================



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