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    Road Kill Collection Laws

    It is very important to check your state laws when collecting roadkill.  Laws are in place to protect animal species and to make sure animals are not being poached illegally.

    Birds are tricky and we generally try to avoid them. Under the Migratory Bird Act it is illegal to posses any migratory bird and it's parts (eggs and nests included).  For a list of protected birds click here.  Always check before working with birds.

    Collecting road kill is different per state.  And it is important to note there are different laws around collecting road kill for consumption and collecting road kill for parts. In Colorado, it is legal to collect road kill for consumption but you do need a permit if collecting any wild game (deer, antelope, moose, etc.) Small animals like skunks, squirrels, etc. do not need to be reported. The reason for reporting is to ensure the animal was not illegally harvested without a hunting permit.

    To require a permit, call your nearest Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Permits are free.

    If animal is found decaying on the side of the road you do not need a permit but you should always just give Colorado Parks and Wildlife a call to see if it has been reported.

    Below is a list of states and laws. Please always check your wildlife center to see if any laws have changed.

     

    • Alabama: You can only collect non-protected animals during the open season only.

    • Alaska: Individuals are not allowed to harvest animals. Volunteer organizations can collect and distribute.

    • Arizona: Big game animals may be collected with a permit.

    • California: Collecting road kill meat was illegal but a new law just passed in 2019 allowing it. Details are still being worked out.

    • Colorado: Proper authorization required for harvesting game animal meat.

    • Georgia: Native species may be harvested; must notify the state about black bears.

    • Idaho: Must report the time of the salvage.

    • Illinois: Proper hunting or trapping license required.

    • Indiana: Permit required.

    • Kansas: Dead game animals and furbearers may be possessed in season with proper licenses and within legal limits. Dead game animals may be possessed outside of the season with salvage tags. A

    • Maryland: Permit required.

    • Massachusetts: Permit required.

    • Michigan: Deer and bear may be salvaged with a permit.

    • Missouri: Permit required, must contact proper authorities within 24 hours for permit.

    • Montana: Can collect but needs to require permit within 24hrs of collection.

    • New Hampshire: Must be resident of New Hampshire.

    • New York: License or tag may be required depending on species.

    • New Jersey: Only deer may be salvaged with proper permit.

    • North Dakota: Permit required.

    • North Carolina: Must be registered over the phone by DNR staff.

    • Ohio: illegal

    • Oregon: Only Deer and Elk can be collected. Head and antlers must be turned into Fish and Wildlife.

    • Pennsylvania: Legal but must report to game commission within 24hrs.

    • South Dakota: Need to require permit.

    • Tennessee: Can only collect non-game and non-protected species.

    • Utah: Non-protected species can be collected with proper permit.

    • Vermont: Must have a possession tag for game animals.

    • Washington: Can claim roadkill with proper salvage permit.

    • West Virginia: Can collect animals but must report collection within 12 hours.

    • Wisconsin: Call to register and gt permit with DNR.

     

     

     

     

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    Info Source: Wideopeneast.com
    Info Source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
    Info Source: Westword Magazine
    Info Source: sf.eater.com
    Info Source: apnews.com

     

    Our Favorite Pet Safe Plants

    This is Sage. Don't let his cute face fool you. He is an absolute (adorable)  monster. Sage feels it is necessary to destroy anything and all things that I love, ESPECIALLY my house plants. So I keep only pet safe plants around my home.

    Below is a list of a few beautiful and pet friendly plants you can keep around your house for all the people who have their own Sage.

     

    1. Neanthe Bella Palm

    Provides beautiful foliage and safe for your four legged friends. The Neanthe Bella Palm thrives in bright, indirect light. Keep soil evenly moist.

    Photo Source: Juliatesta.com

    2. Boston Fern

    This one is a little trickier to grow in Colorado but it is totally doable!  An affordable trick I do with my Bostono Fern's is set them on a humidity plate. A dish with rocks and water. They thrive in bright, indirect light. Keep soil evenly moist.

    Photo Source: Westside Gardens

    3. Calathea

    Add a pop of color with a Calathea. They come in a variety of styles (dottie is my personal favorite!) Calathea's are a little trickier. They are picky about their water. Kind of like my partner Ian. When watering Calathea use a distilled water, or let your water set out over night. This will prevent browning of leaves. Thrives in bright, indirect light with moist soil.

    Photo Source: Biemond Nurseries

    4. Waffle Plant

    The waffle plant's moody dark purple leaves always leave me swooning. And they flower the tiniest cute white flowers. Bonus, this plant is a great air purifier. Waffle plants thrive in bright, direct light. Keep soil evenly moist

    Photo Source: Plants World

    Relaxing Found Insects

    Preserving natural elements that you found is a great way to honor the living in death.  Make sure to handle all found specimens with great care, especially insects.

    When insects (and/or arachnids) die they become brittle and their legs, wings, antennas can break off very easily. When traveling I always keep a tupperware jar with a layer of paper towels on me to keep found insects safe in travel.

    Often you will find that an insects head is turned sideways, their legs curl up or their wings fold in half post death. These are easy fixes once you relax your insect and/or arachnid.  Relaxing an insect is restoring moisture into their brittle body for easy pinning. To do this you will need to create a relaxing chamber. There are many many ways you can create a relaxing chamber. I am going to share how I have done it for years. It's simple, fast and all items are easily accessible.

    What you will need:

    • Paper Towels
    • Air Tight Container
    • Water

    Creating the Chamber:

    1. Grab your air tight container. I use a food storage container.
    2. Layer about 3 layers of a damp paper towel on the bottom of the container.  You want the paper towels to be wet but not dripping. Too much water will damage certain specimens.
    3. Layer your largest, thickest insects down first. Make sure no insects are touching each other.
    4. Lay another 2-3 layers of damp paper towels on top of the first layer of insects. Put the medium sized insects on this layer.
    5. Do this until your smallest insects are towards the top.
    6. Cover your last layer of specimens with a paper towel.
    7. Seal and store in fridge.
    8. Butterflies usually take 2-3 days to relax. Beetles longer. Always check your insects legs to see if they are flexible. If legs can be moved they are ready to pin.

    That's it. Simple, short and sweet.

     

    Preserving Foraged Flowers

    Preserving Foraged Flowers

    Here at The Terrorium Shop we love preservation. Whether it's preserving the skeletal remains from a decomposed animal, or the pelt of a fresh road kill find. If it can be preserved we will preserve it!

    Why is preservation important? Preservation is important to us because it serves as mementos.  We love preserving elements we find on nature explorations.  When harvesting straight from the wilderness it is very important to do so consciously and ethically. Only harvesting pollinated blooms, leaving the roots intact and always trying to forage specimens that have naturally fallen off of it's host plant first.

    There are many different types of preservation when it comes to floral. You can preserve flowers in the microwave and with chemicals like glycerin. I like to keep it natural. Below are my two favorite natural forms of floral preservation.

     

    Pressing

    When I forage I like to take a notebook with me to press flowers. Pressing flowers is great for all types of flowers. Even ones with a higher water content. Pressing flowers also keeps the flowers vibrant.

    To press a flower, clip off the floral head you would like to press and lay them between two of the blank pages. Put pressure on the notebook. I have a rope tied around my book that I use while hiking. When I get home I set it under a heavy table.

     

    Brown Paper Bag

    This method is excellent for herbs and flowers with woody stems. It does not work well with flowers that have a high water content. Tie off a bundle of flowers with a piece of burlap and hang upside down in a brown paper bag.

    The dark environment in the bag helps retain the flowers colors and prevents dust from collecting on your beautiful blooms.

     

    Explore with all different types of flowers to find out which ones you like to preserve best.  Always store preserved flowers in a dark cabinet ♡

     

    Spooky Plants

    Spooky Plants

    Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum)

    Nothing screams Terrorium Shop like the Corpse Flower. I would absolutely die to have one of these plants in shop. One of the worlds largest and rarest flowering structures, the Corpse Flower gives off a pungant odor that smells like rotting flesh.

    But why does this plant smell like a half decayed raccoon you found off Route 67?  To attract pollinators. Specific pollinators. The Corpse Flower doesn't appeal to a fuzzy red belted bumble bee, or a vibrant yellow Swallowtail butterfly. Nope this plant keeps it spooky...and we like it spooky, appealing to flesh eating carnivorous insects like dung beetles, flesh flies and other creepy crawlers (not the ones you cooked in your much cooler easy bake oven back in the good ole 90's)

    It was discovered in Sumatra back in 1878 and one actually resides here in Denver at The Denver Botanic Gardens . It's name is Stinky and it bloomed for the second time in 2017.

     

     

    Zombie Fungus (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis)

    I'm a really big sucker for a bad B horror film. And secretly I await the day a zombie apocalypse breaks out. But did you know that Zombies do exist. Just on a much smaller level.

    Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, is the zombie ant fungus. It's spores puncture the exoskeletons of oblivious foraging ants. Like any good zombie movie there is an incubation period. So for several days the infected ant goes about it's daily ant routine without ever knowing it's infected. Then BOOM, it has this sudden urge to leave it's nest, leave all that's familiar behind, and to seek out a very humid spot.  A spot for the fungi to thrive.

    The ant finds a nice leaf to perch on while the fungi slowly eats away all if it's delicious insides. Seriously, I can't make this up. It is like a horror film. Eventually the ant dies and the fungus shoots out a giant fruit from the ants head. Dropping spores for other ants to get infected.

    Who needs B films when you have nature?