Did you know that it is illegal to possess feathers of all native bird species due to the Migratory Bird Act of 1918?
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA), codified at 16 U.S.C. §§ 703–712 (although §709 is omitted), is a United States federal law, at first enacted in 1916 in order to implement the convention for the protection of migratory birds between the United States and Great Britain (acting on behalf of Canada). The statute makes it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill or sell birds listed therein (“migratory birds”). The statute does not discriminate between live or dead birds and also grants full protection to any bird parts including feathers, eggs and nests. Over 800 species are currently on the list.
The National Audubon Society was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.
We have all probably picked up some feathers we found lying about and no one will likely prosecute us but there is a law in place to protect native birds.
Speaking of native birds…
I have dozens of photos of birds in this large saguaro at one of my favorite places, Granada Park. So you can imagine my dismay when I showed up at the park a few days ago and found this:
I don’t know if it was decayed and collapsed, if lightning hit it, if it was intentionally set on fire, or what, but it was a favorite gathering place for birds and I’m afraid there were probably a few nests in it. And, as one of my friends said, “It is not like a new saguaro nesting place is going to just appear.” There are a couple other saguaros in this particular park but it’s still a sad event…