Monthly Archives: October 2015

Hats Off to Women Who Saved Birds


The Edge of the Wood would like to remember all the women in  the late 1800’s early 1900’s who rallied against the use of bird feathers in millinery. Millions upon millions of birds lost their lives to the trade.  Socialites and bird loving women rose up to convince all women that enough was enough. Sara A. Hubbard, director of the Illinois Audubon Society, said “I expect to live to see the time when the wearing of bird plumage will be a brand of ignorance.” Is this a problem today? Yes. Roosters, ostriches and swans are often live plucked and killed to satisfy the fashion industry. Let’s take a lesson from our turn of the century sisters. After all bird feathers are beautiful but belong on birds, not people.