Firstly thanks to the admins for accepting me into the forum! I've been working as an ecologist in the Netherlands for just under 2 years now and much to my girlfriend's dismay I've started taking my work home with me. So far I've cleaned the skulls of a peregrine falcon, Egyptian goose and a greater scaup that I found during my fieldwork. Those skulls were already pretty clean to begin with (I know some were just predated by a fox), and didn't take much work. A few days ago, I found a fresh graylag goose in a small lake that must've died that same day. It's too fresh for me to macerate it (even after butchering. I live in an apartment with no garden, so it would just become too smelly I reckon). I've been thinking about burying it and digging it up later when it's a bit cleaner. I'm even thinking about reconstructing the entire skeleton after cleaning it, since it's completely intact and died a natural death. I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with the effects (and general duration) of underground decomposition on bird bones. Bird bones are hollow and generally softer than that of a mammal. One could assume the bones themselves would degrade quite easily if left to decompose for too long. Is there a maximum time after which I should check on the bones to see how far decomposition has progressed? Thanks!