By KAREN HOPPER USHER
Capital News Service
LANSING — Taxidermy is about movement.
Dead animals will never again do so much as twitch a tail feather. But it’s up to the taxidermist to make it look like an animal is suspended in action, frozen as it turns or soars or strikes.
Jonathan Wright is pretty good at it.
The 32-year-old native of Mesick is a past world champion of taxidermy and is the go-to taxidermist for the Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon.
“I can’t say enough good things about Jonathan Wright,” said Krista Menacher, the museum’s exhibit curator.
That relationship between Wright and the museum started in 2014 with a snowy owl road kill.
Wings of Wonder, a raptor sanctuary and rehabilitation program in Empire, and the museum sprang into action to extend the dead bird’s life in another way: through taxidermy. Continue reading