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Image from page 20 of “How to study birds; a practical guide for amateur bird-lovers and camera-hunters” (1910)
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Identifier: howtostudybirdsp00jobh
Title: How to study birds; a practical guide for amateur bird-lovers and camera-hunters
Year: 1910 (1910s)
Authors: Job, Herbert Keightley, 1864-1933
Subjects: Birds Photography of birds
Publisher: New York, Outing publishing company
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library

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mewith a peculiar witchery which I cannot describe,but which was simply Irresistible. In time I cameto have the feeling that I must find these birds formyself. And when I found one or another which Ihad been studying from the book, and for the firsttime was actually face to face with it in real life,there came over me a feeling of unutterable rapture. At the age of twelve there began another develop-ment. I went that summer on a visit to a family Inthe country In which there was a boy of thirteen whohad begun to collect and stuff birds. His processwas one of * curing. He removed the * insldes,filled the cavity, throat, and mouth with arsenic andcotton, and mounted the bird with wires thrustthrough its anatomy. The array of shriveled mum-mies looked sorry enough, yet I took to It like a duckto the water. When I returned home there was nopeace until I had a small single-barreled shotgun.During the first week I came within an ace of blow-ing off my brothers feet, and narrow escapes fol-

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Snowy Egret on nest, showing aigrette plumes. This is whenplume-hunters shoot them, leaving young to starve. BEGINNINGS OF BIRD STUDY 17 lowed in rapid succession. It is wonderful that I amalive to tell the tale. Before long I learned how to skin birds, and sogave up the mummy process. The first specimen Itackled had no feathers on it when I got through,but I persevered. My parents, however, were averseto the use of arsenic, so I bought a certain naturalists dermal preservative, and in time built up quite acollection. One day I noticed that a specimen lookedsomewhat awry and undertook to smooth it. Theresult was that almost every feather dropped off atthe first touch. The dermestes larvae had been busyand had riddled every skin preserved withthe insect-food. The older and less skilled crea-tions which had been treated with arsenic were intact. The question is often asked whether interest inbirds can be aroused and maintained without killingand collecting. The best answer is simply one

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