Apr 20

Birds of a Feather

by Staff

Bird feathers are colorful, beautiful and revered by some cultures. That's why our Aviculture staff teams up with the Feather Distribution Project to collect and donate molted feathers to the Pueblo Indians for use in traditional religious ceremonies.

Founded in 1982, the Feather Distribution Project helps to eliminate the smuggling of endangered macaws and also reduces the destruction of native bird species. This program also eliminates feather plucking by providing specific Pueblo people with the particular feathers they need so that they will use only molted feathers from their birds.

Feathers that are collected and donated at Discovery Cove include those from turacos which have some of the most interesting feathers of any bird species.

Learn more about this project at www.wingwise.com/feather.htm.

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