Unless you are looking to get into taxidermy as a profession, I think I would pass on the school idea. Every school I've investigated is very expensive. I'm sure they are well worth the money for starting a career, but for the guy who wants to do taxidermy as a hobby, I would get my hands on any kind of bird you can and practice, practice and practice some more.
I also agree with the wire wheel suggestion. When I started I didn't want to invest a lot of money in a wire wheel to find out I didn't like to do taxidermy so I made a real cheap one and have since modified it to work really well for me. Buy you a box of Boraxo salt, a hobby knife with replacement blades, and a pair of good scissors, for cutting bones and meat.
Set aside a couple of hours, crank on some tunes and have some fun skinning!!!
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