The Blue Goose History
The "Blue Goose", Puddles, has been adopted as the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It has been used on refuge boundary markers, entrance signs, brochures, and exhibits since 1936. It is the legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist J.N. "Ding" Darling, who designed the symbol while he was chief of the U.S. Biological Survey, forerunner of today's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 1934-1935. Darling started the Federal Duck Stamp Program in 1934 and designed the nation's first "Duck Stamp," helping to launch a conservation program that has generated over $500 million for wildlife habitat protection.
Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge was purchased solely with Duck Stamp money!