Duck Stamp program continues successful conservation goal
Flying Canada geese glorify the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conser vation Stamp, which is now available. The 84th Federal “Duck” Stamp debuted at an event hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Painted by James Hautman of Chaska, Minnesota, the new stamp will raise millions of dollars for habitat conservation to benefit wildlife and the American people.
Since 1934, sales of the stamp have raised more than $950 million to conserve nearly six million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation.
“The American sportsmen heritage is not just something we talk about. Sportsmen and anglers are the strongest wildlife and habitat conservationists around, and the Duck Stamp is the perfect example of this,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said. “The stamp’s impact goes beyond waterfowl; it also helps provide habitat for hundreds of species of wildlife and clean water for our communities. The lands set aside using Duck Stamp dollars provide opportunities for the American people to enjoy the great outdoors through hunting, fishing, and birdwatching, and help ensure this piece of American heritage will endure for generations.”
Last fall, a panel of five judges chose Hautman’s art from among 152 entries in the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest.
“The Federal Duck Stamp is the nation’s most unique and successful conservation stamp. This program has been fueled largely by waterfowl hunters, who are required to buy a Duck Stamp each year and often buy more than one,” said Greg Sheehan, USFWS acting director. “Birders and other outdoors enthusiasts, artists, and stamp collectors also buy Duck Stamps, recognizing their benefit to species and habitat conservation beyond waterfowl, as well as their artistic value.”
Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from the $25 Duck Stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports wetlands conservation for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
A current Federal Duck Stamp is also good for free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee.
The new Duck Stamps are available for purchase online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, and some post offices and national wildlife refuges.
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