The Federal Duck Stamp Program: Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps to hunters, stamp collectors and conservationists have raised more than $700 million that has been used to acquire more than 5.2 million acres of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

Lower Klamath National Wildlife RefugeRefuge Overview: Located along the border of northern California and southern Oregon, the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. President Theodore Roosevelt authorized its creation as the nation’s first refuge specifically for waterfowl on August 18, 1908 with Executive Order No. 924. To date, 50,912 acres have been acquired for this refuge. Migratory Bird Conservation Funds, which include Federal Duck Stamp dollars, have been used to purchase over 4,500 acres.
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Wildlife and Habitat: Part of a three-refuge complex, Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge protects some of the most important migratory waterfowl habitat in the Pacific Flyway, providing nesting and foraging opportunities for numerous waterfowl species, including mallard, pintail, gadwall, cinnamon teal, redhead, ruddy, Canada geese, and white fronted geese. The refuge is biologically rich, with 80% of migratory waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway passing through the area. At times, upwards of 1.8 million birds will stop at the refuge, reveling in the mixed marsh/ grass lands and abundant grain crops. The area also supports the largest wintering population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states and is a prime nesting area for sandhill cranes.

Recreation Opportunities: Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge offers numerous educational and recreational opportunities for the public. The area is a favorite destination for birdwatchers and waterfowl hunters alike, especially during the fall migration.

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