2015-16 Federal Duck Stamp. Artist: Jennifer Miller. Credit:  USFWS

2015-16 Federal Duck Stamp. Artist: Jennifer Miller. Credit: USFWS

New Federal Duck Stamps Go On Sale

June 26, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe bought the first 2015-16 federal Duck Stamp today in Memphis, as the new issue of the conservation stamp went on sale for the first time. The 82nd Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, chosen from among 186 entries, depicts a pair of ruddy ducks painted by Jennifer Miller of Olean, N.Y. Proceeds from Duck Stamp sales fund wetland acquisition and conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System. The $25 stamps can be purchased online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, and at some post offices and national wildlife refuges.
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Some of the illegal ivory came from walruses. Credit: USFWS
Some of the illegal ivory came from walruses. Credit: USFWS

Investigation Leads to Wildlife Trafficking Charges

June 25, 2015
Hawaiian Accessories Inc. and five individuals were recently indicted on charges of conspiracy, smuggling and violations of the Lacey Act for the illegal sale and transportation of multiple types of ivory, whale bone/teeth and black coral. The indictments come after an investigation by Service Law Enforcement, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.
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A youngster shows off her catch. Credit: Bruce Hallman/USFWS
A youngster shows off her catch. Credit: Bruce Hallman / USFWS

Youngsters Learn about Fish and Butterflies

June 23, 2015
Fresh off Friday's Ivory Crush, Service Director Dan Ashe on Saturday joined Urban American Outdoors and Kansas City Parks at their 10th Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby in Kansas City, Missouri. Staff from Neosho National Fish Hatchery were among those introducing the kids to angling. But before the first cast, some young people helped plant a butterfly garden by the fishing derby pond to conserve monarch butterflies.
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