Bird Taxidermy With Allis Markham

  • On-Demand
  • 4.5 Content Hours
  •  24/7 Access for 1 Year
  • $99

About This Course

In this on-demand course, let taxidermist Allis Markham introduce you to the art of taxidermy, featuring a full class dedicated to bird taxidermy.

Course Description

Step inside the studio of Allis Markham, award-winning taxidermist and educator, to learn the art, science, and ethics of preserving animal corpses. We’ll begin with a walkthrough of the process of taxidermy; Allis will discuss techniques of both mammal and bird taxidermy—prepping skins, tanning leather, sculpting forms, mounting, and finishing work. Allis will spend the bulk of this course demonstrating the process of mounting a European Starling from start to finish, using techniques you can try at home.

By the end of this course, you’ll not only have a deeper understanding of taxidermy, but you’ll also be equipped with printable PDFs outlining each step as well as tools that will help you practice bird taxidermy at home. At the very least, you’ll leave this course with a new appreciation for the anatomy of the creatures you encounter in your neighborhood or backyard.

While this class is designed for all beginners, it can serve as an appropriate learning tool for makers of all levels. Please be advised that your instructor will be handling biological specimens on camera.

A Note on Course Materials & Format: Please note that this course was originally offered live on Zoom to a group of students. You may hear references to resources that were originally posted on the Google Classroom, and these materials can now be found in your course player. You may also hear an Atlas Obscura moderator facilitating a live Q&A session, references to Zoom features, and the original dates and schedule of the live course—please disregard this information. Enjoy the course!

Syllabus at a Glance

What Is Included

This course includes three video lessons featuring 4.5 total content hours.
Also included in this course:
  • Detailed diagrams and supply lists
  • Step-by-step instructions for prepping and mounting birds
  • A curated reading and watching list for further exploration on your own
  • Access to a community forum for Atlas Obscura bird taxidermy students


This course is designed to give participants the information and resources they need to do small bird taxidermy at home. In addition to the three video lessons in which Allis will be demonstrating the steps of working on a European Starling, we will also provide a detailed tool and supply list, ideas for how to legally and ethically source specimens, step-by-step instructions, resources for further study, and more, so participants can practice on their own. You can pause, rewind, and rewatch as much as you like, and follow along with the different steps once you have your materials and are ready to practice what you’re learning.

About Your Instructor

Allis Markham

Allis Markham is an award-winning taxidermist/nassologist based in Los Angeles, California. She was named Third in the World at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships and was the 2018 California Champion, receiving Judges’ Choice Best of Show, People's Choice, and the Artisan Award from the United Taxidermist Association.

More recently, Allis has focused on museum work and public education, and taught the only taxidermy course in the country in recent years at Occidental College. She’s worked with institutions such as the Natural History Museum of Santa Barbara, Moore Lab of Zoology, The Huntington Library, The Frost Museum of Science, Colorado State University, and The Getty. Additionally, she’s created commissions for Gucci, The Nomad Hotel, EB Florals, and television shows such as Bates Motel. Allis has also been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, the cover of LA Weekly, and more. You can also watch the critically acclaimed documentary STUFFED, which followed her for several years, or listen to her episode of Ologies.

Getting Started

Accessing Your Course

This course is designed so students can learn at their own pace and participate in the course whenever and however it is convenient for them. You will have 24/7 access to your course for one year. 

Once enrolled, you’ll have immediate access to your course by selecting the “Start Learning” button on the Thank You page after completing your purchase. To access your course at any time, you can sign in at View all your purchased on-demand courses by navigating to your profile using the menu at the top of the page. 

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Course Community

Connect with other students, share what you have learned, and find inspiration through the community feature. While this type of participation isn’t required for this course, students may use this feature to post resources, ask questions, or connect with one another about course material. Please take a moment to review our community guidelines for students, which aim to set the tone for our learning community.

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