Monday, December 1, 2008

Our feathered Friends-Ways they use their feathers and Ways we use their feathers.

Red hat feathered suncatcher Feathers have so many uses. Our feathered friends need them for a variety of reasons. Feathers insulate birds from water and cold temperatures. They may also be plucked to line the nest and provide insulation to the eggs and young. The individual feathers in the wings and tail play important roles in controlling flight.
Color patterns serve as camouflage against predators for birds in their habitats, and by predators looking for a meal. As with fish, the top and bottom colors may be different to provide camouflage during Featherer hats stained glass plant stakesflight.

But they also provide us with many uses. Feathers are both soft and excellent at trapping heat; thus, they are sometimes used in high-class bedding, especially pillows, blankets, and mattresses. They are also used as filling for winter clothing, such as quilted coats and sleeping bags. They've even been used for arrows, to decorate fishing lures and to make quill pens. And during the 18th, 19th, and even 20th Centuries a booming international trade developed in plumes/feathers to satisfy market demand in North America and Europe for extravagant head-dresses as adornment for fashionable women. Now we can even use them to keep our plants warm as shown in these pictures on my flickr page and even just for fun in our house as this suncatcher shows. (Who hasn't heard of the 'Red Hat Society'? This is my stained glass tribute to them.
And for other ways to decorate ourselves, check out or or and check out the shop of the day for more feathered ideas.

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