Release of the latest Duck Stamp!

Hear from Paul Baicich, the president of the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp about the importance of Duck Stamps to help conserve national wildlife refuge lands for people and wildlife. 

Today, the 2013-2014 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, often called the Duck Stamp, was released at a first-day ceremony in Ashland, Virginia. The Duck Stamp was originally created in 1934 as a federal license for hunting migratory waterfowl, but Ducks Stamps have a much, much broader purpose today.

2013-14 final WAG

The 2013-2014 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation (Duck) Stamp. The artwork is by Robert Steiner and is of a common goldeneye.

The Stamps are vital for conservation and refuge growth, as 98 cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of the Stamps goes to secure wetland and grassland habitat in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, Stamp sales have helped generate more than $850 million, funding which has been used to purchase or lease over 5.5 million acres of Refuge System habitat in the lower 48 states. Stamp proceeds go into the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund (MBCF) to be spent on fee purchase, easement, or leasing of Refuge System lands.

But waterfowl are not the only wildlife to benefit from the sale of Duck Stamps. Other birds, mammals and fish have benefitted too! And the benefits don’t stop there; people have also reaped the rewards. Hunters have places to enjoy their sport and other outdoor enthusiasts have places to hike, watch birds, photograph, and explore. Protected wetlands also help purify water supplies, store floodwater, reduce soil erosion, and provide spawning areas for fish.

Find out which 252 refuges owe their existence, in whole or in part, to Stamp investments!

In the Northeast, many national wildlife refuges have been able to conserve lands because of these Stamp/MBCF dollars. For example, almost 98 percent of the 4,700-acre Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts was purchased through Stamp/MBCF dollars, as have 95 percent of the 16,000-acre Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware.

The Stamp is also a free pass for an entire year, July to July, at all national wildlife refuges that charge for admission. It’s a real bargain!

Once you buy your Stamp, available at a post office, national wildlife refuge or sporting goods store, you may also be interested in investigating our friends group, the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp, dedicated to the promotion, preservation, sales, and better understanding of the Stamp and Refuge System it helps support: www.friendsofthestamp.org

Buy and display a Stamp; spread the word, and show that you care!

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