The Duck Stamp Story

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The Federal Duck Stamp Story

In 1934, the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act was passed. It required all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older to purchase and carry a Federal Duck Stamp. Each year since then hunters have willingly payed the price of the stamp to insure the survival of our natural resources such as waterfowl and the wetlands they depend on. Hunters aren't the only group purchasing these stamps though!

Over the years, art enthusiasts, conservationists, and stamp collectors have become great supporters of the Duck Stamp Program! Some purchase the stamps for their beauty, some see the stamps as a great investment, and others just like knowing they are helping to ensure wild places will be are around for future generations. 

Approximately 98 cents of every duck stamp dollar goes directly to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to purchase wildlife habitat for inclusion in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, more than 5 million acres of habitat have been purchased and protected through this program, earning it the label of most successful conservation program ever initiated!

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The Junior Duck Stamp Story

In 1989, a new story for conservation began with The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program. This program targets America's youth in their classrooms. Students in kindergarten through high school learn through this curriculum-based program about wetlands, waterfowl, and conservation. These students then produce their "term paper" in the form of a duck stamp design!

A few years later, Congress passed The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Act of 1994. This authorized U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to use revenues from the sales of Junior Duck Stamps to promote conservation education with awards and scholarships to the students, teachers, and schools that participate in this exciting program. 

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You can find the full brochure of The Federal Duck Stamp Story here.