This summer I spent a week of holidays working as a volunteer in a bird shelter, it was an AMAZING experience, which connected with a lot of things going through my head in this period. I got this ideas while returning home.
The girl is a Griffon vulture, a species which can live up to about 40 years in captivity, and the figurines around the girl's neck are a small subset of animals which have gone extinct in the last 40 years. Data from a precious but utterly depressing site: http://extinctanimals.petermaas.nl/
Starting from upper left the figurines are:
Detail and sketches of the figurines:
The one at the top (the Warbler) is actually shown belly-up, because for many of the animals listed on the site all the references I could find were photos of specimens preserved in some museum. Better than nothing though...
More notes and WIPs on my blog: