Liberty Wildlife Non-Eagle Feather Repository

Giving new life to feathers that can no longer fly.

In 2010 Liberty Wildlife in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, established the Liberty Wildlife Non-Eagle Feather Repository (NEFR). Its Mission is to provide Native Americans with a legal source of non-eagle feathers from federally regulated migratory birds.

 We’ve Moved!

We’re excited to announce the move to our new facility located at:
Liberty Wildlife Non-Eagle Feather Repository
2600 E. Elwood St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
PH: 520-240-7406
www.LibertyWildlife.org

Guiding Principles

*Liberty Wildlife recognizes the significance of feathers and/or bird parts to Native Americans and will operate the NEFR with a sensitivity to Native American cultural and religious needs.

*Liberty Wildlife will insure that all feathers, carcasses or parts will be stored and handled in a manner that will maintain their integrity.

*Liberty Wildlife will insure that all feathers, carcasses or parts donated to the NEFR come from legally authorized sources.

*Liberty wildlife will distribute feathers, carcasses or parts equitably on a first come first serve basis.

NEFR Inventory

Liberty Wildlife is actively acquiring, storing and distributing the following species; hawks, owls, falcons, condors, vultures, corvids (ravens, crows, jays & magpies), water birds, shorebirds, upland birds, songbirds and others.

Important Application Information

* You must be 18 years old to submit an application for feathers, carcasses or parts.

* You must Include a photocopy of your tribal enrollment certificate with your application.

* Incomplete applications will not be accepted, don’t forget to sign and date.

* Only mailed signed original applications will be accepted; we cannot accept faxed or scanned applications.

* Provide as much information as necessary; i.e., species, sex, adult, immature, number of feathers, tail only, wings only, wings and tail, primary feathers, secondary feathers, plumes, talons, whole carcass and if you need matching left and right feathers please provide details.

* You can only request one species at a time.

* We cannot ship carcasses to a P.O. box, if you are requesting a carcass you must provide a street address.

* We can only ship dry individual feathers to P.O. boxes.

*Once your current application has been filled you must wait at least 3 months before you can submit a new application.

* Be sure to inform us of any address changes.

* We encourage all applicants to contact us (robertm@libertywildlife.org) before submitting an application to check on the availability of the feathers you want and discuss any possible substitution if they are not available. This will reduce the wait time and possibly expedite your application.

* We cannot ship carcasses or feathers of any kind to applicants who have had a conviction, or entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, for a felony violation of the Lacey Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, or the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Donating carcasses, feathers and other parts to the Non-Eagle Feather Repository

*Liberty Wildlife can accept bird carcasses, feathers, and other parts from permitted sources; State and Federal Resource Agencies, Zoos, Animal Rehabilitators, Research Facilities, Universities, Falconers, and other permitted sources.

*We accept all wild bird species, full carcasses, loose feathers or parts in good condition.

*If you have frozen carcasses or parts to donate, ship them to us via Fed Ex in insulated containers and please contact us on the day you ship so we can clear freezer space in anticipation of their arrival.

*If you are donating dry feathers or other dry parts, they can be shipped via Fed Ex or USPS, shipping notification is appreciated, but not necessary.

* Please make sure that your first shipment contains a copy of your permit for our files.

Please ship or mail to:
Liberty Wildlife-NEFR
2600 E. Elwood St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Any questions contact: Robert Mesta, NEFR Coordinator
Ph. 520-240-7406
Email. robertm@libertywildlife.org

Click on a title below for printed information in PDF format:

Application-form

Instructions to Complete Your Application

Brochure: Program Overview

Brochure  How You Can Help

NEFR Program Update

  1. Due to a large backlog of applications and a waiting period approaching 2 years, we are not currently accepting applications for Red-tailed and Rough-legged hawk carcasses, Scissor-tailed flycatchers and Anhinga’s carcasses and feathers.
  2. We do not have Condor carcasses, tails, or plume feathers in our inventory; we do have a good supply of primary and secondary wing feathers.
  3. We have a good supply of individual primary and secondary wing feathers for the following species; Red-tailed, Swainson’s, Ferruginous, Coppers, Red-shouldered, Rough-legged, Harris, Northern Goshawk, American kestrel, Peregrine, Prairie falcons, Northern harrier, Turkey vulture, Barn, Barred, Great-horned, Western-screech owls and Osprey.
  4. If you can share a photo of the ceremonial implement, example – feather fan, you made from feathers received from Liberty Wildlife we would like to start posting them on our web page. If that is possible, please send the photo to feathers@libertywildlife.org

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