Duck Stamp dollars have been used to acquire and permanently protect more than 6 million acres of vital National Wildlife Refuge System habitat. Credit: USFWS
Duck Stamp dollars have been used to acquire and permanently protect more than 6 million acres of vital National Wildlife Refuge System habitat. Credit: USFWS

Increasing the Price of the Duck Stamp Benefits All Americans

December 19, 2014
President Obama approved bipartisan legislation yesterday that raised the price of the Federal Duck Stamp. This new law, supported by hunters, will enable the Service to conserve tens of thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat every year. Service Director Dan Ashe says it shows “we’re still capable of great things as a nation.”
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A greater sage-grouse male struts at a lek (dancing or mating ground) to attract a mate. Credit: Jeannie Stafford / USFWS

A greater sage-grouse male struts at a lek (dancing or mating ground) to attract a mate. Credit: Jeannie Stafford / USFWS.

Sage-Grouse Rider Won’t Stop Unprecedented Conservation Effort to Save Greater Sage-Grouse

December 17, 2014
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said today that while disappointing, the sage-grouse rider in the FY15 Omnibus Bill will not stop the Service’s efforts “to conserve the sagebrush landscape and the Western way of life.” Rather, the Service and its many partners will continue work to avert the need to list the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
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Ducks fill the sky at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, which hosts the annual Festival of the Cranes in November. Credit: Marvin DeJong

If you have never visited a national wildlife refuge before, one of the fee-free days would be the perfect opportunity to see what you’ve been missing, like these pelicans at sunset from J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: Photo courtesy of Al Hoffacker.

National Wildlife Refuges Announce Fee-Free Days for 2015!

December 15, 2014
Get outside and enjoy some of the country's most magical places – America's national wildlife refuges will offer free admission on these days in 2015. The fee holidays are scheduled each year to encourage Americans to visit their public lands and enjoy firsthand the natural and cultural experiences they have to offer. There's at least one refuge in every state…and one within an hour's drive of most major metropolitan areas.
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