Monday, December 10, 2012

More Facts About Our National Bird

   Did you know it was a federal offense to possess eagle feathers? The law that supports this strict control is The Bald Eagle protection act of 1940.  It was amended in 1962 to include Golden Eagles and reformed in 1994 which moved the National Repository for the feathers and other eagle "parts" to Denver, Colorado.  Only pre-qualified Native Americans are allowed to possess these feathers.  The law allows for fines from $25,000 to $100,000 for the unauthorized possession of eagle "parts" including feathers.  Bald eagle feathers found on the ground or lost naturally during "molting" season are gathered and sent to the Fish and Wildlife Service in Sacramento and distributed solely from there.
   *There is one exception to this rule - the U.S. Army's special division called the 101st Airborne Division - aka the "Screaming Eagles".  Any soldier who has served with the Screaming Eagles can possess ONE eagle feather as recognition of their service.

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