Buy a Stamp –
Save a Wetland
While winning the contest
brings the artist worldwide recognition and profits from the sale
of limited edition prints, the real winners are the wildlife,
fish and plants that inhabit the lands of the National
Wildlife Refuge System. The Duck Stamp is more than just a
pretty picture. It’s a revenue generating program for funding
purchase of lands to be included in the Refuge System. All
waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and
carry the current Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp -
commonly known as the Duck Stamp - but conservationists, stamp
collectors and others also purchase the stamp in support of habitat
conservation. Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from
the $15 Duck Stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund,
which supports the purchase of habitat for inclusion into the
National Wildlife Refuge System.
To date, the sale of
Duck Stamps has generated more than $670 million. These funds
have been used to purchase or lease over 5.2 million acres of
waterfowl habitat at hundreds of refuges and wetland management
districts in nearly every state in our nation. In fact, almost
all the money used to purchase Iroquois
NWR came from the sale of Duck Stamps.
There are 548 national
wildlife refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories.
A current Duck Stamp can be used for free admission to
any national wildlife refuge that charges a fee and is open to
the public. Refuges offer unparalleled recreational opportunities,
including hunting, fishing, bird watching and photography.
first Duck Stamp which sold in 1934 for $1 was painted by
J.N. "Ding" Darling. Born in 1876 in Michigan, Darling was
a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his conservation-themed cartoons.
He also served as Chief of the Bureau of Biological Survey, the forerunner
of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
from 1934-1935. Although it’s called a Duck Stamp, geese are
often depicted on the stamp as well and in 1959 a dog even made it
on to a stamp.
you are a waterfowl hunter you are required to purchase a Duck Stamp
every year, so you likely already know about all the good
things that the money from these stamps can do. But, if you are a
supporter of the National Wildlife
Refuge System and you want to help make a difference for wetland
and wildlife conservation, consider purchasing a stamp and maybe one
for a friend. You can buy them right here at Iroquois NWR and if you
have any doubts about how your money will be spent, take a trip around
the Refuge and see all the good things that can result from the sale
of Federal Duck Stamps.