I’ve been collecting the Stewie’s and Mika’s nicer-looking and longer molted feathers ever since their first molts with me. Over the years I collected a nice ziplock baggie full of them, but I hadn’t decided what I intended to do with them.
But quite by chance I heard about an interesting project that collects molted feathers to distribute to Native American tribes for use in their traditional religious ceremonies.
The goal of the Feather Distribution Project is to provide feathers to the Native Americans for use in their traditional crafts and* ceremonies so that they don’t need to resort to undesirable ways of acquiring those feathers.
What a great idea.
After contacting them to make sure they could use Mika’s and Stewie’s feathers, I sent them about 120 mostly blue-green molted feathers for distribution. The projects administrator told me that feathers of that size will most likely be used as accents for peyote fans like the ones below.
Since its inception, the project has distributed over 9.5 million feathers free of charge.
If you’ve been collecting molted feathers from your pet birds and are looking for something to do with them, please consider donating them to a good cause. Please note that they can NOT accept feathers from eagles, hawks, raptors, migratory birds and that the contributions should be naturally molted feathers.
For more details on the project, including instructions for contributing, please visit their website at http://www.wingwise.com/feather.htm
* Dr. Reyman emailed me with a correction: The feathers provided by this project are for use in traditional cultural/religious purposes but NOT crafts or commercial use.
Update #2: Dr. Reyman sent us a letter to let us know that our feathers were sent to a Native American church group in Colorado!