flower_2011 wrote:I saw a lot of them last year
That's like saying "there wasn't an earthquake in SF last year, so I'm going to loosely hand all my cast iron pots over my bed"
Last year was, if not the absolute mildest year ever on the playa, close to it. To see how a "real" year would treat one of your 'hawks, put it in a wind tunnel, blast playa-dust at it at 70mph for 7 hours & then look at it. It will be destroyed - guaranteed.
I don't care how tight you think
you have them secured, don't bring them. Do you really want to be guided by the actions of other people who are too stupid to follow simple directions about not bringing feathers?
From the Burning Blog (about MOOP):
Honorable Mention: Pistachio Shells and Feathers
Pistachio shells and feathers are familiar friends from years past. For a long time, we haven’t seen them… but they’re starting to return to the playa. Remember, organic matter can still be MOOP! Don’t bring stuff that will just turn into litter.