Just when I thought it was safe to go back outside. So when are ya'll gonna eat when I'm in town? This friday thing's for the birds. Cindy J. Spurr Freelance Writer (757) 432-1423 Web site: www.creativeace.com Alt email: cindys@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ----- Original Message ---- From: tnsl <sydstyr@xxxxxxxxxx> To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 3:41:33 PM Subject: [GeoStL] Re: geocaching Digest V7 #20 No.. it is NOT 100% safe to pick up or possess rocks. In order to pick up and/or possess a rock you must first make your "Picking Up Rock Declaration" in writing 10 days before your intention of picking up said rock. If your rock interest changes, then you are allowed two (2) "Rock Declaration Amendments" at which time (both times) all of those around you living in glass houses must be made aware of your now-amended rock intention. If these conditions are not met, then along comes the Good Fairy and turns you into a goon. Stay home. Do not step outdoors. This group is here to EAT. Nancy ----- Original Message ----- From: Cindy Spurr To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 1:16 PM Subject: [GeoStL] Re: geocaching Digest V7 #20 WOW! Did I rustle some feathers here? You will all be happy to know that I'm not the jail type so I have returned the feather to the woods. Not the same woods I took it from as that was too far to drive, but it has been place amoung some happy trees. I didn't realize that so many birds' feathers were protected. I wonder if it's still safe to pick up rocks. On a serious note: thank you all for letting me know this is an issue as I would have take this feather home via the airport never knowing that there was a problem with having a feather in my possession. So, thanks for keeping me out of jail, a federal conviction off my record, and a loss of money I can spend buying photos of feathers legally from somewhere else. PS: I assume I can leagally buy photos of feathers right? Cindy J. Spurr Freelance Writer (757) 432-1423 Web site: www.creativeace.com Alt email: cindys@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ----- Original Message ---- From: thistle coney <kabukibadger@xxxxxxxxx> To: geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 12:12:15 PM Subject: [GeoStL] Re: geocaching Digest V7 #20 R: About Feathers The deal with the feathers is: Raptors (Eagles, Hawks, Owls, etc.) and other migratory birds are protected, and killing one - even turkey-vultures, carries a hefty $1000 fine. If you possess a feather from one, now matter how that feather was obtained (Red Tailed-Hawks for example, will pick up dead rats and snakes off the road, and are frequently hit by cars) the government assumes you killed the bird for the feathers. Only those Native Americans that can prove they practice a traditional tribal religion and those people having the Federal license to handle these birds are exempt (I have a permission under this law to handle raptors when I am volunteering at the World Bird Sanctuary. This license does not transfer when I'm working at the Zoo) So, unless you are positive the feather is from a turkey, the safe bet is to leave the feather where you found it. -Thystle Never miss a thing. Make Yahoo your homepage.