CCEEC staff has long recognized the importance of preserved specimens
in wildlife education. The Center houses a large collection of taxidermied
birds, mammals, fish, study skins, bones, insect mounts, horns and
antlers. These collections have been of great value in educating students
on topics such as food chains, adaptations, vertebrate anatomy and
the scientific method.
Skulls and bones are cleaned at CCEEC by dermestid (flesh-eating)
beetles, so even the decomposition process itself becomes a highly
visible teaching tool.
The diversity of the collection would not be possible without help
from the many sportsmen, taxidermists and veterinarians who share
CCEEC's philosophy on the importance of well preserved specimens in
CCEEC welcomes the addition of legally obtained specimens for use
in education. Please contact us if you might be willing to donate
any such item for the sake of public education.