Following the surprise discovery of the mummified mouse, I was interested in experimenting with a small recently deceased bird I found, followed in quick succession by 3 other smaller interesting birds who all appeared to have died by collision with a particular window covered building, which was a bit sad. I placed them on a bed of cornmeal closed inside a small cardboard box. I rest the box on top of the hot water pipes in my basement, which are always very warm, in a dry room. I left them for a year and opened the box with hesitation only to discover they were very dehydrated, weighing almost nothing and with no odor. I only think this method works for smaller lightweight recently deceased animals. This should go without saying, but don't kill animals. I consider this a way of honoring their interesting features and beauty. I framed them in a large shadowbox and again determined that hot glue was still the best/easiest method for securing them. I carefully trimmed some of the feathers in the area where I applied the glue.