Study Skins, Spring 2011
This is a little Zine i did for my internship at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where i worked skinning birds. All of the birds in this book were drawn from life (well sort of) in the bird preparation lab at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago IL. These birds were being processed to become skeleton specimens for the museums scientific collection. In Chicago 4,000 - 5,000 dead birds are recovered each year after flying into tall glass buildings. Most of them end up at the Field Museum, where their skins or skeletons are preserved and used for scientific research. Over the last 30 years 35,000 birds have been recovered at McCormick place alone.