Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Great White has the distinction of serving as the symbol of the National Audobon Society. That society was formed in 1905 with the objective of protecting wild birds. The Great White is an excellent symbol because, in the beginning of the twentieth century, it was well on it's way to extinction. It was heavily hunted for it's plumes, which women favored on their hats of the day. It took 300 egrets to produce one kilogram of feathers and the feathers were valued at twice the price of the same measure of gold. In London alone, ten thousand people were employed making feathered hats. It is estimated that 195,000 egrets were killed for their plumes in just one year by just one company. Today, Great White is recovering nicely and it's population is expanding throughout North America.

Great White is thankful that millinery tastes have changed.

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