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Award Winning Taxidermist Expands His Exhibit

Mike Orthober putting finishing touches on a scarlet tanager.

Master taxidermist, Mike Orthober of Egg Harbor, will be at the Door County Historical museum on June 21, for most of the day, mounting a specimen for the museum’s “Seasons of Life” display. Orthober created the spectacular diorama over a period of years, and continues to add birds and animals.

Orthober, of Egg Harbor, is well-known in the taxidermy field, having won many national and international awards, including “Best in World” for warm-water fish and “Second in World” for a non-game bird. He also judges World Taxidermy Championships and teaches others his methods.

The museum, open 10 am – 4:30 pm daily from May 1 to October 31, is located at 18 N. 4th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. For more information call 920.743.5809. Admission to the museum is free but donations are welcome.