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Conservation Through the Arts

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The Junior Duck Stamp Program (JDS) is dynamic art-and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school.

Maine Junior Duck Stamp Program

Hunt Permits


2018-2019 Refuge hunt permits are still available for sale.

Hunt Permit Information

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Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge Approved!

In October 2016, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director of the Service, approved Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)—a new refuge dedicated to managing shrubland habitat for wildlife in the Northeast. The Service can now start working with partners and willing-seller property owners to identify opportunities to acquire priority lands in fee simple or conservation easement within the designated focus areas of Great Thicket NWR.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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