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Carol | 21 | Scotland, UK
Cis - she/her pronouns

Bones, skulls, birds, taxidermy, forests, walking, mountains, nature, feathers, pagan, candles, books

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Oh man what a sporran!


Out of curiosity, how do other people on tumblr who work with animal remains feel about working (whilst within the law) on a domestic animal that was probably someones beloved pet at some point?

I feel that as long as you have the owner’s consent it’s fine, and of course if their is no owner that you have tried your best to find one, fair enough.

In regards to the dog bones I have found, I feel that if an owner cares enough about their beloved pet to dump it in the woods in a black bin bag, then me looking after and cleaning their remains is fine.

Asker tearun Asks:
Hi! I was wondering if you know anybody whose knowledgeable about corvids in the UK, as well as about Larsen traps? I've been asked to sign a petition to make it illegal to use corvid/larsen traps in the UK, but I looked into it a bit and I'm not finding a reason why this should be stopped: I can't find any endangered corvids endemic to the UK, or anything inhumane about using larsen traps from what I know. I don't want to sign a petition blindly without research. Help?
bonemonger bonemonger Said:


I’m not familiar with this issue, but perhaps one of my followers is. 

If you can provide some more information on this topic, please feel free to chime in! 

I think that the main reason Larsen Traps are used are to protect grouse chicks from corvids, and although no corvid in the UK is in any imminent danger of eclining, I believe that the main reason people oppose the trap is that it is a pointless effort - the same way the badger cull in England is, it is not reducing the population of corvids, it in fact is most likely encouraging more corvids into the area as more territory, and food becomes available.

There are of course strict laws regarding the use of Larsens traps, but they are not always followed, such as them being used to trap protected birds, such as birds of prey, the bird that is trapped not being checked within the time allowed, and possibly starving to death is another problem of the traps.


Kent Ambler


Kent Ambler

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Crowded skies and great maneuvers…

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Asker andromedarko Asks:
Hi , I was thinking about getting started on this whole vulture culture thing , and I was wondering if you can give me some begginer tips or something. thank you !
bonemonger bonemonger Said:


No problem! here’s a few things I’d suggest for buying things:
-ebay is a good place to get skulls/taxidermy for a good price it’s where I get most of my stuff
-generally avoid buying animal parts from abroad as it may be illegal
When processing things yourself:
-check if it’s legal to own the animal if you have found it. I’m from the UK but
the USA is strict on the migratory bird act and I think it’s illegal to pick up roadkill in some place so it’s best to check
-I tend to carry a few plastic bags in my bag as you never know if you’ll find anything!
-if your not sure on cleaning something etc post it in the vulture culture tag and someone will be able to help
-never boil/bleach bones
-be prepared to be called weird on regular basis

Anyone else got any other beginners tips? :)

Asker andromedarko Asks:
Hi , I was thinking about getting started on this whole vulture culture thing , and I was wondering if you can give me some begginer tips or something. thank you !
bonemonger bonemonger Said:

Hiya, that’s awesome, sure I can hopefully help :)

1. Laws - Check up on your county/country/state laws and know what you can and can’t have, for example my country doesn’t allow you to keep otter parts unless they are from 1994, or you have a license

2. Look everywhere - beaches, forests, roadkill, google maps is especially good for looking for good roadkill areas.

3. Search on the internet - Flickr is great for this! I sometimes type in “dead animal Scotland” and see what pops up, if there’s a lot of roadkill from a certain area, plan a trip!

4. Learn the best ways to clean bones, Jake a bone collector from Scotland made an awesome post including a spreadsheet on the main bone cleaning ways.

5. Ask questions! - You’re never going to knoe everything, you’re going to come across a skull you don’t know the species of, they’re is an amaziing community of people on here, post photos of your finds!

6. Lastly - NEVER BOIL, NEVER BLEACH - Both can destroy bones, Hydrogen Peroxide is great for cleaning bones, but don’t use household toilet bleach, it ruins bone!

Hope that all helps! :)


Great Northern Loon (Gavia immer) »by Bruce Dickson

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A grape, wearing a raspberry.

I am froot.

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*gets the urge to delete all my social network accounts, drop out of school and live in the woods*

you can’t just thoreau your life away like that



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Rabbit skull in the sand

Rabbit skull in the moss


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I'm confused to how the U.S. Migratory Bird Act causes any problems if you find the birds already deceased. Is that illegal?
bonemonger bonemonger Said:


The U.S. Migratory Bird Act protects birds even when they’re dead. Even if you find a shed feather of a protected bird, you can be in hot water, this is because they can’t prove that you didn’t rip it off a bird you killed, and they can’t tell if you have intents on selling the parts.

"Establishment of a Federal prohibition, unless permitted by regulations, to "pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture or kill, possess, offer for sale, sell, offer to purchase, purchase, deliver for shipment, ship, cause to be shipped, deliver for transportation, transport, cause to be transported, carry, or cause to be carried by any means whatever, receive for shipment, transportation or carriage, or export, at any time, or in any manner, any migratory bird, included in the terms of this Convention … for the protection of migratory birds … or any part, nest, or egg of any such bird.” (16 U.S.C. 703)”

A misdemeanor charge can get you a fine of up to $15,000 per bird, imprisoned for up to 6 months, or both.
If you’re caught trying to sell anything protected, it’s considered a felony and you can be fined and go to jail for up to two years.