The Federal Duck Stamp Office administers the
Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act, popularly known as the "Duck Stamp Act." We print, distribute
and market the Federal Duck Stamp to enable the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service to acquire important migratory bird habitat for the National Wildlife
The Duck Stamp Office hosts the annual Federal Duck Stamp
Art Contest in September and First Day of Sale Event in June, and attends
various art and outdoor recreation events across the country to promote
the sale of Duck Stamps. The Duck Stamp Office also administers the Federal
Junior Duck Stamp Program, a conservation education program through which children in K-12th grade learn about wetlands and waterfowl conservation, then draw or paint waterfowl and compete to win scholarship funds at the national contest. The first place national art entry is made into the Federal Junior Duck Stamp, which the Service sells for $5 to support conservation education.
waterfowl hunter age 16 and older must buy a duck stamp, more and more bird watchers and other outdoor recreationists and people interested in wildlife are buying the stamps as an investment in conservation. In its nearly 80-year history,
the Duck Stamp has helped acquire more than 6 million acres
for the National Wildlife Refuge System, acreage that also benefits hundreds of non-game
and other wildlife, including dozens of threatened and endangered species.