Bone/Taxidermy Collectors & Artists Please Be Aware Of This: It Does Not Seem To Be Common Knowledge By Far Too Many People!
Please Understand That The Migratory Bird Treaty Act Was Created To Protect The Birds On The List - At the time is was created in 1918, birds were being quickly killed off and some are now extinct.
Because of hunters, those using their feathers in their clothing/hats, from people collecting mass quantities of birds for their natural history collections and even people collecting their nests & eggs.
Most birds protected by the MBTA are very common every day birds many of us sees outside here in the US. They are not often endangered. That’s a misconception about the MBTA that many don’t understand. But at the time it was created when those same species were in critical decline nearing extinction. With taxidermy, natural history collecting and such being a huge trend again I’m glad the MBTA is still in effect. Otherwise it could all easily happen all over again. So in summary - if you find a dead bird find out exactly what species it is and see if it is MBTA protected.
For Protected Species: You can not legally have the bones, feathers, talon or any other part of the body without special permits that the general public can not get. You also can not have the nest or eggs. Over 800 species of birds are protected.
You can be fined and do jail time for having these illegal items. If you make jewelry/art from them and sell them there is an even higher fine. I see so much illegal bird jewelry being sold on Etsy alone. Be careful. Even if you did not make it you can still get in trouble just for having it! I know people who have had federal agents come to their homes to inspect/confiscate their collections so this is very real. Stay safe with your collections and creations! (at http://bone-lust.blogspot.com)