Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Red-tailed Hawk

During a quick drive to nearby Circle Lake on Friday, Erika and I found this handsome Red-tailed Hawk. I did not know that these hawks are included in the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. This legislation allows Federally recognized native tribes exception to treaties making the possession of eagle parts illegal. Qualified people must make application to the Federal government before feathers can be used.

Red-tailed Hawk (and eagle) feathers are sacred for many native people. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act enables these tribes to maintain their cultures. The law is not without critics. Some believe that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act should have no exceptions and that the eagle feather act leaves raptors vulnerable to poaching and trafficking (Wikipedia).

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