Federal Duck Stamp just released-2016-2017
Sales of the news Duck Stamp are expected to raise $40 million for habitat conservation. The purchase of a Duck Stamp is one of the best ways to support bird habitat conservation is by purchasing a Federal Duck Stamp.
For some, the Duck Stamp name evokes visions of duck hunters in their blinds. Over the years duck hunters have been one of the most successful conservation groups in the country through their avidly supported the Duck Stamp program.
In fact, the Duck Stamp is among the most successful conservation tools ever created to protect habitat for birds and other wildlife, not just ducks. Federal Duck Stamps are conservation revenue stamps; 98 percent of the purchase price goes directly to help acquire and protect wetland habitat and purchase conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Now often recognized as the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp, an increasing number of birders are purchasing Duck Stamps as an inexpensive way to support habitat conservation. The stamps are $25.00 and can be purchased online, from the American Birding Association and from many sporting goods stores.
The following information was release by the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp.
"The latest Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (popularly called the "Duck Stamp" and costing $25) was released on the morning of June 24 in Springfield, Missouri. The ceremony was at the conference center associated with the huge Bass Pro Shops in Springfield.
Almost all the revenue for the sales of this Stamp - adding up to an estimated $40 million for the stamp year - will go directly to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund (MBCF). (The MBCF receipts come mainly from the sales of the Stamp and from import duties collected on arms and ammunition.) This dedicated funding will secure vital breeding, stopover, and wintering habitats for waterfowl, other bird species, and other wildlife across the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Today, parts of 252 National Wildlife Refuges (accounting for more than 2.37 million acres) and over 200 Waterfowl Production Areas (with over 3.0 million acres secured) owe their existence to the Stamp investments made through the MBCF. It is encouraging to know that every time you buy a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation [Duck] Stamp you are helping secure valuable habitat for birds, wildlife, and for future generations of Americans enjoying the Refuge System.
The artwork on the 2015-2016 Stamp shows a pair of flying Trumpeter Swans painted in acrylic by Joseph Hautman, of Plymouth, Minnesota. This is the fifth time that Joe Hautman's artwork has graced the Federal Duck Stamp. His four previous Stamps were for 1992-3 (Spectacled Eider), 2002-3 (Black Scoter), 2008-9 (Northern Pintail), and 2012-13 (Wood Duck). From an early age he loved to draw and paint, but he quickly became fascinated by the sciences as well. His artistic talents took a back seat during his academic life when he studied physics and astronomy at the University of Minnesota, eventually earning a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan. His surprise victory in the 1991 Federal Duck Art Contest provided just the incentive he needed to return professionally to his love of wildlife art. Joe is also known as part of the trio of famous brothers, all great artists and all previous winners of the Federal Duck Stamp Art contest. To find out more about Joe and his brothers, Bob and Jim, access their art-oriented website. Finally, among his many activities, Joseph Hautman is also on the board of our Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp.
The species pictured this time, Trumpeter Swan, is especially significant. It represents a significant American conservation success story. This swan historically suffered huge population declines. By 1933, fewer than 70 wild Trumpeter Swans were known to exist, and extinction seemed a real possibility. Aerial surveys, however, discovered a Pacific population of several thousand trumpeters in Alaska. Increased conservation efforts have resulted in native western populations recovering. In addition, multiple reintroductions to the central part of the continent - mostly around the Great Lakes - have also proven to be highly successful. You can find out a lot more about this species from the Trumpeter Swan Society. It is also important to appreciate that this swan species is not hunted, emphasizing the fact that the stamp is not simply "for hunting," but its purpose is essentially to secure valuable habitat to conserve waterfowl and other species through the National Wildlife Refuge System."