Tania Tengan spends a lot of time cleaning out birdcages as an owner and foster parent of rescued companion birds. The feathers and poop were getting scooped up together and dumped into the trash, until one day she realized she could rescue the feathers and make something both beautiful and valuable to help even more birds.
“Many of us bird owners were throwing away the majority of our birds’ feathers every morning with cage paper…I made a pair of earrings with some feathers from my own 21-year-old bird,” she remembered. “They were beautiful.”
In addition to being a passionate supporter of different animal rescue groups, including Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue and Mickacoo Pigeon and Dove Rescue, Tengan is an artist. Noticing the popularity of feathered jewelry, she decided to create and sell her own, donating a portion to help more birds.
Tengan sells her colorful jewelry at fairs, boutique shows, private appointments in her Cupertino home, and through her Facebook Page, Art for the Birds – Cruelty Free Feather Jewelry.
This Saturday, Oct. 26, she’s selling her jewelry at the Santa Clara County Audubon Society’s Wildlife Education Day at Blackberry Farm in Cupertino, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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