A mounted Meadowlark was presented to Grand Meadow Secretary and Treasurer Roy Townsend by Dr. Bob Bryant and his wife Becky.
Earlier this year, Bryant, who is a Veterinarian, was out for a walk on one of his acreages, located in Grand Meadow Township, and as he describes, "I was walking down the lane taking a hike and coming back I saw something gold. There was nothing there when I walked by earlier, and I thought 'What in the world was that?' It turned out to be a meadowlark that must have hit a highline wire and gotten killed.
He was lying there fresh and I thought, 'you know that would make a nice mount'. I then found out that we could only mount it if it was for educational display.
We realized that we had to get all the permits and so we enlisted the help of the Cherokee Conservation Department," said Bryant.
Cherokee County Conservation Department Naturalist Laura Kohn stated that the bird fell under the county's Wild Life Salvage Permit, and that permitted the bird to be taken to taxidermist Everlasting Memories in Cherokee, and transferred under the protection of the county to Grand Meadow Heritage Center to be used for an educational display.
Grand Meadow Heritage Center has a large Natural History section located at the former school building. The school which was attended by Bryant, along with Townsend.
The gift had special meaning for both Bryant and Townsend, the former school's mascot was the Meadowlarks. Bryant thought the mount would reflect both the history of the school and the natural history the mount would provide for educational.
The Meadowlark is now on display at the Grand Meadow Heritage Center.