I just want to take a moment and appreciate the wonderful colleagues/friends who have been out to Los Angeles helping me get through some major projects and supporting the museum. I've had the most challenging year of my life going on (museum project with over 60 pieces, selling/buying a house AND construction on a new studio) and without the support of my fellow taxidermists I don't know where I would be. It seems every time my derriere gets stuck, there's help from the wonderful members of my field. (Looking at you Ken Walker, Tony Finazzo, Tim Bovard, etc). This time some of the 'young guns' have been out here kicking butt, though! Dakotah Gould helped out with my project at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History AND the workshops help at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles under Tim Bovard. Though she did several pieces, check out the mama Opossum she did for me. That face is just fabulous! Olivia Miseroy also got into the SBMNH game with, not only many mounts but installing with me too. Not sure what I would have done without her talent. She did everything from slipcasting mice tails to painting pelican pouches. Here's this amazing Caterpillar replica she molded/casted/painted: Olivia also taught at the Natural History Museum's Reptile workshop with Tim Bovard. You can see this cast of a small horned lizard she did recently is just amazing! And, though I'm sure Daniel or Tim will do a post about it, I can't help but share this incredible photo from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Daniel Meng came out to work alongside Tim Bovard to mount these beautiful Lionesses that had been in the museum freezer since 1989 when they were collected in Tanzania. I think the guys mounted them in just 6 days! They literally slept at the museum. This has all happening in the last month or two, so it's been an exciting time! Looking forward to working with them all in the future and can't say enough good things about their talent, work ethic and great personalities. Love you guys!