by Fred Greenslade/Delta Waterfowl
Federal Duck Stamp
The Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – commonly called the Federal Duck Stamp and increasingly called the Migratory Bird Stamp – raises about $25 million annually. Proceeds from the sale of the stamp are used to buy or lease wetlands and associated upland habitats for inclusion in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, stamp sales have raised over $850 million, which has supported the protection of over 5.5 million acres of bird habitat.
Today, about 70 percent of this overall funding goes to secure wetland and grassland habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region. This is helping to secure the core of the continent’s “Duck Factory,” the major nesting grounds for our ducks. But these are also the same ducks that travel across the country and visit Stamp-secured habitat in stopover migration and wintering areas.
Waterfowl hunters, bird watchers and other outdoor recreationists, art and stamp collectors, and many other people who wish to invest in wetland and grassland conservation buy these stamps for just $15. Duck Stamps can be purchased from the U.S. Postal Service or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Additionally, many National Wildlife Refuges and sporting good stores sell the stamps.
For more information about the Duck Stamp, see the USFWS page or Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp.
Or, listen to the High Plains Public Radio for more about how the Duck Stamp is not just for hunters and 7 reasons to buy a Duck Stamp.