Many may not know that it is illegal to collect, buy, sell or to use most native wild bird feathers according to the US North American Migratory Bird Act (MBTA). (For more information, see https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/laws- legislations/migratory-bird-treaty-act.php.)
Exceptions exist for the feathers of legally-hunted gamebirds, and for the use of feathers by Native Americans. For more information, see the FAQ page (http://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/faq.php).
In addition to feathers, each state has lists for endangered or threatened native species of plants and parts of animals.
It is the responsibility of the individual to be able to demonstrate
• Feathers did not come from protected wild birds.
• Endangered plant materials were not used.
• Protected animal parts were not used.
It is the intention of the SMGS that all entries are to follow state and federal laws regarding the use of materials in the entries. It is beyond the SMGS to be able to list all regulated items that are illegal to collect or possess. Materials used in the entries shall NOT violate any state or federal laws.