By Rachel Levin, USFWS
Looking for a gift for the nature lover who has everything? Federal Duck Stamps and Junior Duck Stamps may just be the perfect items to stuff in those stockings or lay under the tree.
(Waterfowl at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Kansas. Photo: Dan Severson/USFWS)
Besides being inexpensive and perfectly portable, there are so many reasons to buy and give Duck Stamps.
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… Spread Joy: The joy of doing good for people and the outdoor world they love. The joy of spreading holiday music - the honk of geese, the trill of blackbirds, the whisper of wind through the marsh grass.
… Give Food and Shelter for Wildlife: Lands purchased with Federal Duck Stamp revenue provide habitat for ducks, geese and other wildlife. While partridges and turtledoves might not necessarily frequent wetlands secured with your $15 Duck Stamp purchase, it's nice to know they could do so in a pinch.
… Find a Ticket to Adventure: A current Federal Duck Stamp provides its owner free admission to any national wildlife refuge that normally charges an entrance fee. The stamp is also required for waterfowl hunting.
… Make a Solid Investment: You can take pride in the fact that 98 cents of every dollar of Duck Stamp revenue goes directly to purchasing or leasing wetland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System – more than 6 million acres has been acquired since 1934!
… “Pay it Forward” to the Next Generation: If you want to help ensure a place for our nation’s children to watch birds, hunt, hike and spend quality time outdoors, giving Federal Duck Stamps is a wise investment.
… Inspire the Conservationists of Tomorrow: At $5, Junior Duck Stamps make perfect gifts for the youngsters in your life, or for anyone who cares about nurturing a new generation of conservation stewards. Junior Duck Stamp proceeds benefit environmental education programs for children from Kindergarten through high school.
You can buy Duck Stamps and Junior Duck Stamps online, and Federal Duck Stamps are available at many discount and sporting goods stores. Go to www.fws.gov/duckstamps/stamps for all of the purchasing options.
Rachel Levin is Communications Coordinator in the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation