A Hat Tip to the Women Who Started Modern Bird Conservation in the U.S.

June 8, 2018
But a little more than a century ago, the city’s birding scene wasn’t thriving—it was dead. An outing in the park would turn up hundreds of birds, stuffed and perched on people’s heads. Chapman’s findings sparked outrage, especially among wildlife-loving women who preferred live birds to taxidermy. Banding together under the banner of the early Audubon Society, they went straight for the source of the slaughter: the fashion industry. They boycotted hatmakers and shopkeepers to put feathers out of style, and lobbied for protections against poaching nationwide, paving the road for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Now, a hundred years later, they’re at the heart of the New York Historical Society’s timely exhibit, Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife. Launched in partnership with NYC Audubon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it celebrates the centennial of the MBTA, along with the female juggernauts who popularized the save-the-birds movement. Read more…
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