Rick, Shortly after I retired from the Army I was a volunteer at a Wildlife Rehab Center. We had the largest flight cage in the North West at that time. We handled everything from Mountain Lions and Black Bears to Raptors and Owls and baby possums and skunks. Unfortunately, we got in a lot of Eagles that were suffering from pesticide poisoning. Because they were a protected species, only a veterinarian who was on the federal list could end the birds suffering. Molted feathers and deceased birds had to be turned over to the feds, who in turn would pass them to tribal members who were on the waiting list. That may have relaxed some since the 1980's.RickA wrote: ↑Sat May 20, 2023 8:19 am REE, Otto,
I'm well aware that possession of certain feathers are prohibited and that's why I said found, not have.
Theres a large dead elm tree along the river behind my house that is a favorite spot for a few eagles.
They will preen while waiting for a fish to show and as a result, I find quite a few feathers which I stick
into the tree where they just weather away. It kills me that you cant keep a molted feather but that's
the way it is.
REE, several years ago I would visit a Raptor Trust located in New Jersey and by making a donation,
you could obtain a bag of molted feathers with a certificate of origan from the trust.
I've heard of other wildlife rehabs that did the same thing but I don't know if that's still the case.
As an aside...bottle feeding baby skunks can be an interesting experience.