Should you keep feathers you find?
The simple answer is NO. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as non-native species, domestic species, gamebirds collected with a hunting license, and other species not protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Keeping feathers is illegal but appreciating feathers is not.
What does finding a feather symbolize?
The Spiritual Meaning of Feathers
As a symbol across many cultures, feathers have always represented a connection to spiritual realms and to divinity. And because of their connection to birds, they have always been a symbol of flight and freedom, not just physically, but also in a mental or spiritual sense.