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NFC: Eagle Parts was RE: Auctions OT ?
Okay--I've had to enforce this law before and that is NOT how it works. NO
ONE in the US can possess any part (whether feather, talon, or whathaveyou)
or nest of any migratory bird (including neotropical migrants such as robins
& bluebirds). In addition to this law, the Bald and Golden Eagle Act and
(up until this year) the Endangered Species Act (bald eagle only) also
protect these birds. Those are the laws which prevent ANYONE--whether
native american, ignorant 7 year old, or trigger happy redneck--from
possessing or harming these birds. IF you think about it for a minute the
reason they had to ban possession rather than just killing is pretty
obvious--very difficult to have witnesses everywhere to see someone poison
or shoot an eagle. Everyone could simply claim that they found the body or
feathers or whatever.
HOWEVER, anyone who has a valid use for eagle feathers or parts--whether
that use is religious or educational--may fill out an application, submit it
to the Fish & Wildlife Service, and get put on the waiting list. When your
name comes up, your bird or bird parts will be shipped to you. Anyone
finding any raptor body or parts (electrocution is the number one cause of
death for these birds)is supposed to get the birds to the National Eagle and
Wildlife Repository which is located just north of Denver, CO (and
incidentally at the same complex where I work)--you can either mail them or
turn them over to your state agency which will do it for you.
If you have a VALID use for a part, it is purely first-come, first-serve.
Even though I eat lunch with the repository staff & work for the FWS, I have
exactly the same wait time as everyone else when I need a part for my
education programs. Right now, it is about 2 years if you want a whole
adult bird--juvenile birds are less, and parts & feathers are considerably
Take the time to find out what the laws really are before you start spouting
off next time.
>From: piney01 at webtv_net (Francis Wagner)
>Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
>To: nfc at actwin_com
>Subject: Re: NFC: RE: Auctions OT ?
>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 18:21:32 -0400 (EDT)
>yes i agree with that. i heard on the news yesterday that if a whiteman
>like us pick up a feather from a bald eagle and keeps it and takes it
>home and if the police or the government knows you have one they will
>give you a heavy fine and you could go to jail. the only people that can
>keep them are the redskins the the united states. that makes me sick.
>why is that us white folks are always being picked on. we should
>turn the table around for a change. frank
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