Migratory Birds
Midwest Region
Hunting. USFWS Photo.

Hunting. USFWS photo.


Hundreds of birds show off their colors and their intriguing habits on national wildlife refuges, where refuge staff and volunteers are eager to help you identify birds, show you trails and photo blinds or invite you to a festival. Visit Birding in the Refuge System to learn more.


Hunting regulations for waterfowl in North America are established annually, based on information regarding the status of waterfowl. Proposed regulations are published in the Federal Register to receive input from members of the public. Breeding population and production information available for waterfowl in North America is a result of cooperative efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the Canadian Wildlife various state and provincial conservation agencies, and private conservation organizations. This report is intended to aid the development of waterfowl harvest regulations in the United States and is published annually online at http://www.flyways.us/.

Federal and Junior Ducks Stamps

The easiest way to contribute to the conservation of bird habitat is to purchase a Federal Duck Stamp. Federal Duck Stamps are a vital tool for wetland conservation. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sales of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Understandably, the Federal Duck Stamp Program has been called one of the most successful conservation programs ever initiated and is a highly effective way to conserve America’s natural resources. The Junior Duck Stamp Program is a dynamic arts and science curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school.

Environmental Education

Kids, families, youth group leaders and teachers all play a role in the conservation of our nation’s birds. For resources to engage and educate current and future generations of conservation leaders, visit the Service’s interactive Let’s Go Outside Web page.

Last updated: August 2, 2017