Nature Notes: There are pelts on my desk

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In an unprecedented example of office toughness, I have a collection of animal skins, fur and feathers strewn about my workspace. In fact, I might be the world's first person to use "animal skins" and "workspace" in the same sentence.

Why do I have these manly products? Newest Alive homeboy Jesse Tigges gave them to me for tying flies, which often use natural materials that are durable, waterproof and versatile. Things, you know, like squirrel tail. I've got one of those.

The most bizarre thing in his mountain-man care package are the rabbit masks -- essentially everything contained in a rabbit's head except the meat and bones. It's hard, dry, dyed olive and ready for use.