I am planning a Skull Preparation Workshop for Tuesday, July 22, on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. To be sure there is enough interest (at least 20 participants), I am sending this survey. It will be a one-day workshop worth one PLU. Larry Worsley, Ag Teacher at Pataula Charter, will be doing the instructing.
Participants will need a skinned, thawed skull with the eyes removed. Coyotes, raccoons, bobcats, and beavers are easier to be successful with because the skulls are thicker. Squirrels, birds, and foxes are a little tougher to do and take a little more care. You can check with a local taxidermist or trapper for animals. You can also use FRESH road kill, if you are careful. DO NOT contact the brains of road kill without protection (because of rabies). Another problem with road kill is that many times the skulls are damaged.
You will need to bring:
a small cooking pot (large enough for your skull to be submerged into), a small sharp knife, a small wire brush, and some rubber gloves. A sharpened stiff wire, awl or old fashioned ice pick works well for cleaning small crevices. You will need a bottle of peroxide for the overnight bleaching if you want a white skull. You will also need a glue gun to put jaws back together and glue in teeth that may fall out. The bleaching and gluing can be done at home and will be the additional time needed for PLU credit. A picture of the final product for proof of the finished product will be required for PLU credit.
NOTE: This questionnaire DOES NOT constitute registration for the workshop. If there is sufficient interest, then the workshop will be posted to the CTAERN website and registration will occur there.
Survey deadline: July 10th.
Skull Preparation Workshop Interest Survey
South Region Agricultural Education
ABAC 34 - 2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, GA 31793