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Mar. 13th, 2008



sea eagle

Thats what I am, a sea eagle.  Yes, i guess Osprey would be the more correct term, but my inflatable whitewater canoes are made by Sea Eagle and we really enjoy boating and playing on the river, watching the occassional sea eagle come to nest here in the heart of the Appalachian forest.   They love the cliffs for raising nestlings even more than channel markers at semi busy marinas.  I once moored my sailboat not far from a sea eagles nest and watched the Mother, Father, and yearly daughters tend the new chicks,defending them and feeding them and loving them to maturity.  I saw these yearling birds fledge out into adult plumes before leaving this nest for a final time, courted away by other sea eagles flying off to new terriories. 

Mar. 9th, 2008


(no subject)

Good morning everyone. I just wanted to say hi. I'm a red-tailed hawk therian, as I've noticed with some others. I've never actually heard of the term avianthrope, but it sounds fitting. Maybe we can talk soon. I play the tuba in band, freshman in high school, get mostly a's and b's, and I one day want to become a hawk. So that's me, bye.

Mar. 8th, 2008

Raven's Glare


Caw-there ;>

Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. Right off the bat I will say that my views of what "therianthrope" is are usually far different than what other people think. So much so that I don't like using the word for myself, but I can't deny a very powerful connection to the genus Corvus (another raven?...oh brother -_-"). I joined because I love talking with people that feel the connection with birds too :>

I currently live in New York state (used to be resident to Colorado until very recently). I'm working on my Ph.D. studying crows and how they are far smarter than me ;> Thus I may bother you all with pictures and commentary as long as you don't mind.

I also do artwork as a past-time. Feel free to check that out if you want.

Uhhhh....can't think of much more to say other than I'm excited to be here!

Jan. 23rd, 2008



I hope I'm welcome in this community. I'm actually a Dragon-kin, but I absolutely love, adore and obsess over birds of all types. I could almost say that I'm a Dragon with an avian totem animal...if that makes any sense at all. Anyhow, It's nice to see a community devoted to the feathered kin.
Sky (Florida)


Feathers: Form, Function, and Symbology

I wrote this up on a whim in my personal journal, and now that I've tweaked it, I'm putting it here to share.

Feathers: Form, Function, and SymbologyCollapse )


Hello, all.

  Hello, I just became a member and I thought I'd introduce myself.  My name is Amanda and I am a Red-tailed hawk Therian.  I was told about this community and LiveJournal by redfeather_min, so I thought I'd check it out for myself.  I had my Awakening back in Oct. 2007, but I've always known that there was something different about me and that it had to do with birds of prey.  I was the social outcast in school and life in general, and I'm still known for being more solitary then anything else.  I just got out of a relationship of 11 months with a guy who had labeled me 'weird'...*sigh*  he just couldn't get over the fact that I didn't act like all the other phloozys he's dated.  But on another note....  In my childhood up into my middle teens I used to build stick nests on the ground or in the lower branches of trees that I could haul sticks up to easily.  I ran around my parent's farm flapping my arms and crying out in a hawk's cry.  There was a male Red-tail living about a 1/2 mile from my house in the creek bottom and I routinely saw him in one of our trees and everytime I gave this cry, he would answer back.  :)  
  As for mannerisms....I have this thing that I do that I can't seem to help....lol  Do you know when a hawk or falcon sees something that it's interested in in the distance, it will bob it's head and kinda move it to the side?  Lol.  I do that ALL THE TIME.  I wasn't blessed with the best of vision (weird huh?), but whenever I do this, it brings whatever I'm trying to look at into better focus.  Ummm...there was a post back in Dec. about avian/mammal sexuality etc. that I would have to say that I agree with totally.  Although the human sex act doesn't bother me, the lack of a courtship process really turns me off.  I find it hard to leap into the act just like BAM!   And I totally agree with the whole baby thing....I do not want human kids nor would I even want to go through the birthing process (OUCH!).  However, like the idea of eggs.  Speaking of.....when I was younger, I would try to hatch out eggs from chickens by incubating them with my body heat i.e. laying on them.  No, I never broke one, but they never hatched anyway.  :(  Every spring, I would go insane seeing all the baby birds around.  I even, although this is highly illegal, took a couple of baby crows from their nests and raised them.  I devoted my time to them like I've never devoted my time to anything else.  They grew up and followed me around the yard and I taught them how to find food, and to watch for predators like cats.  They left to join a flock of crows that lived by my house, and I was sad but happy that they grew up so well.  
  Ah, but I'm rambling.....if there's anything you all would like to know about me, don't hesitate to ask!!  :)

Jan. 22nd, 2008

Trust (Florida)


Here and Now: Giving Back

Having an avian identity, whether it be past life, totemic, symbol, or some other connection, is certainly an interesting part of a current life identity. But what do you do with it? What impact does it have on you now?

This may be rather critical of me, but I have seen that many therians seem to focus on how awesome it is that in a past life they were some interesting animal, but don't think about what it means to now be a human but realize that connection. There's a lot of things you can do with that realization, but so many seem content just to focus on the animal side rather than the human side. (Which can break off into another rant about misanthropy among therians, but that's another topic entirely!)

I think that, no matter how you incorporate avianthropy into your identity, you have a lot of good you can do right here and now, as a human. And that includes helping avian kindred. I know a number of members of this community have worked for or currently work for avian rehabilitation organizations, which is a wonderful way to give back, working directly with birds. But that isn't possible for all of us, due to things such as time constraints, distance from such an organization, or other issues. Then, of course, there's the option of letting your pocketbook do the assistance. Many avian rehabilitation and rescue centers are nonprofit, or often operate without much in the way of federal grants and support. They rely on donations to keep themselves in operation, and it's a sad fact that many are constantly in the red. This can lead to rescues having to cut back, or even shut down operation entirely--which is quite a loss.

So here, I'd like to list some organizations I know of that would be a great place for members of the community to offer monetary contributions. I welcome suggestions in comments as well, especially from those who work with such organizations.

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology - A nonprofit insistute attached to Cornell University that promotes research, education, citizen science, and conservation efforts in all birds.
The Peregrine Fund: World Center for Birds of Prey - Started in the 1970's to address the decline of the peregrine falcon, now concerned with research and conservation of birds of prey worldwide.
Indonesian Parrot Project - An organization for the conservation of Indonesia's parrots, working to rehabilitate birds seized from smugglers to return them to the wild, and to change the attitudes of native Indonesians regarding the often critically-endangered birds being exploited in their forests.
Mickaboo Cockatiel Rescue - Despite the name, it is not simply a cockatiel rescue, but a rescue based in the San Francisco Bay Area devoted to all parrots and other types of companion birds. The organization takes in unwanted and abandoned birds, including those who are victims of neglect and abuse, rehabilitates them, and places them in foster homes pending adoption into a forever home.

Like I said, that's just a few that I came up with, and I welcome more information. I think having a list of organizations available might make it easier to give back.

May. 28th, 1998



Avian diversity on the Web

Something has been rattling around in my burd-brain lately concerning the species represented by avianthropes and other people who, while perhaps are not therians at least strongly identify with a certain species of bird. It pretty much goes without saying that there is a preponderance of diurnal raptors and corvids online - these are mostly large, conspicuous and glamorous birds which grab our attention and are noticed even by people who usually don't pay much attention to birds. Ever notice how few gulls there are on the Web? Gulls are large, conspicuous, attention-grabbing birds, yet they are so under-represented. I also notice a paucity of owls (other than Snowy, which tends to be diurnal), vultures, shorebirds, and waterfowl in the online world. Vireos? Never seen one online. Flycatchers? Swallows?

I have a shred of a theory here. The online community is generally made up of younger people, teens to early 30s, and I think these species are more likely to be represented in younger people. How many 14-year-old Owl people are there? Ask again of Owl people in their 50s, or older. I've met several in the neo-pagan community. In the birding community, I've met many people who at least on one level think of themselves as some kind of bird, and the diversity there is amazing - here is where you'll run into those shorebirds, herons, flycatchers, what-have-you. The birding community is a LOT older than the online community, and although the two sets don't compare exactly, I think that older people will generally represent a wider range of species than younger folks. This probably has much to do with personal experience.
Thus, if the online population (in forums such as this one) were considerably older, I think there would be more genera represented - maybe even a gull or two:>

Just for the record, I really don't separate what we call 'therianthropy' from strong totemic relationships; I think the two are very close to one another.

Dec. 10th, 2007




So, yeah, I guess I'm a member of this community now - yay!

Uh. For those of you who don't know me or haven't seen me around, I'm a crow. Plain, uninteresting, run-of-the-mill scavenger. I have some writings up in some places, in Animal Quills if you're a member over there and on Thébaïde.

Let's see. I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing like an idiot, laughing, art, photography, and music, among others. Lately I've gotten back into drawing as well, and my tool of choice is colored pencil. I'm a college student. I was a music major last quarter (I play saxophone), but it turns out that pursuing a music degree is not really my thing, so next quarter I'm transferring to a different school to study photography and possibly graphic design. I live in Ohio, around Dayton. I'm a cashier at a grocery store... my hidden talent is having memorized a crazy-unnecessary amount of produce codes. My newest love is cranberry sierra mist. My favorite color is green. A lot of the time, my socks don't match (I like wearing different colored socks!). I have a mohawk... um... My cat's name is David and my dog's name is Charlie. I also like to give my pets people names. haha.

I prefer not to say my real name, as I don't like it that much. And since I will probably never meet any of you in person, I think it's safe to say that you will never need to use it :P Online I prefer to go by any number of different nicknames I've made up for myself (I have a hard time picking a name that sticks), but the most recognizable, I believe, is Adagio (which is, obviously, inspired by my musical background).

And just in case it's of any interested to anybody, I like to call myself "queer". I used to try and use certain labels and be more specific, in terms of gender and sexual orientation, but I gave that up because it's too hard to pin down. I go with it and what happens, happens. :P

So... yes. This turned out to be way longer than I wanted it to be, so I'll stop here. If anybody wants to add me to their friend list, feel free, I like meeting new people and I like having stuff to read when I log on to LJ. Hope to see you all around?

Nov. 30th, 2007


A dream with birds in it

I'm not sure if anyone will find this interesting or not, but I figured since there were several birds of prey in it some of you might, I just wish I could remember more details of it.

Dream Diary #101
Raptor Friends

I was visiting a friend in a rural area during the late spring or early summer(as a human). The first thing I remember is walking from the house to my car. As I walked past a barn, I spotted a family of Great Horned Owls, 2 adults and 3 fledged owlets. I decided to try to get some pictures of them so I ran back to the house to get my digital camera. I returned to the barn and snapped a few pictures of the Owl family. Then I spotted a Barn Owl on a tractor, looking almost as if it was about to drive it somewhere. It had one foot on the steering wheel and the other on the seat, which was real close to the wheel for some reason. As I tried to take a picture of it my camera's batteries died. I went back into the house and while I was by the window, putting the new batteries in my camera. I noticed some people going into the barn with a some odd looking weapons. As I left my room, I asked someone what was going on. They told me that those people were going on a ghost hunt. I worried for the owls and was about to rush out to warn them, but I was stopped by the person I was staying with. He told me to wait a few minutes. I told him I would, but as soon as he was gone I ran out the door towards the barn to warn the owls. When I got to the barn, there was no sign of the people I saw go into it, then I was suddenly attacked by something. I dodged its first few blows, then used some Aikido technique on it, as it hit the ground it vanished, turning into nothing more than dust and vapor. Then I went to where I saw the owls, and saw they were all fine. Then I heard a hawk call a few times. I looked up at it and said hello. It looked like a Broad-Winged Hawk, but I wasn't sure. Then I noticed someone looking at a couple Golden Eagles on the ground. I walked right up to them. They didn't show any aggressiveness at all, not even when I reached over to touch them. I ended up hugging one of them, and it didn't fight me or anything. The guy looking at them, and watching me just stood there in awe at how they let me approach and even hug one of them. Then he walked away in disbelief. I just grinned and sat on some stairs near the eagles. That's when the dream ended and I woke up.

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