“A collection of more than 300 mounted birds”
The Stempel Bird Collection was donated to the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board by the Stempel family in 1967. After some renovation, the collection was put on display at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This collection contains 229 birds from many different habitats. 83 additional duplicate birds were on loan to Iowa Western Community College for display and study. In 2001, the collection was returned to the Stempel family heirs who placed them on loan in the old Macedonia City Hall. Although some of the mounts are over 100 years old, it is testimony to Dr. Stempel’s medical skills and workmanship that so many of the birds are still of display quality. In his legacy, Dr. Stempel not only leaves us with examples of birds that may be rare or even extinct in future years, he also leaves us with the incentive to preserve that native habitats of the creatures in order that future generations may see more than just birds behind glass.
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