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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Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Canvas BackRefuge Overview: Located in northeast Nevada at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the 39,286 acre Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most remote refuges in the lower 48 states. Migratory Bird Conservation Funds, which include Federal Duck Stamp dollars, have been used to purchase nearly 30,000 thousand of those acres for the refuge.
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Wildlife and Habitat: A mix of marsh, meadows, grasslands, alkali playas, and brush-covered upland habitats, the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is an important stop for migratory waterfowl along both the Pacific and Central Flyways. One of the most important waterfowl nesting areas in the Great Basin, Ruby Lake is particularly vital because it is the home to the largest population of nesting canvasback ducks west of the Mississippi River. More than 200 pairs of white-faced ibis also utilize the refuge. Ruby Lake provides critical habitat for other wildlife species as well, including mule deer, pronghorn antelope and sage grouse.

Recreation Opportunities: With its abundant wildlife, Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal destination for bird watchers and photographers. The refuge also has a popular fishery, tempting anglers with the hopes of catching largemouth black bass, brown trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout. Hunters are also welcome on the refuge for waterfowl, small game, and large game hunts.

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