The 80th Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – the Duck Stamp – is now on sale.
The 2013-2014 Federal Duck Stamp features a common goldeneye painted by wildlife artist Robert Steiner of San Francisco. Last fall, a panel of five judges chose Steiner’s art from among 192 paintings at the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Steiner, whose painting of a Barrow’s goldeneye appeared on the 1998-1999 Federal Duck Stamp, has also created numerous state duck stamps.
The stamps are available for purchase online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, and at some post offices and national wildlife refuges.
Duck Stamp Proceeds Support Refuges
Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry a current Federal Duck Stamp. Conservationists, birders, stamp collectors, art lovers and many others also buy the stamp as an investment in wetlands conservation for future generations. Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from the $15 duck stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports wetland acquisition for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Proceeds from the sale of Duck Stamps are used to acquire wetlands for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Credit: David Govatski
Since 1934, Federal Duck Stamp sales have raised more than $800 million to acquire and protect more than 6 million acres of wetlands habitat on hundreds of national wildlife refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories. A current Federal Duck Stamp is also good for free admission to any refuge that charges an entry fee. More than 560 refuges offer unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, bird watching and photography.
The new Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp organization is drawing attention to the importance of Duck Stamp purchases. “Numerous species of shorebirds, long-legged waders, and wetland and grassland songbirds are dependent on habitats derived from stamp purchases.” says the Friends newsletter, “And it's not only birds that benefit from the stamp! Reptiles, amphibians, fish, butterflies, all flourish through stamp investments. Water quality is also strengthened.”
2013 - 14 Junior Duck Stamp by Madison Grimm
Junior Duck Stamp
A canvasback painted by Madison Grimm, 6, of Burbank, SD, graces the 2013-2014 Junior Duck Stamp. The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of a year-long educational program that helps students learn about wetlands and waterfowl conservation, explore their natural world and create a painting or drawing of a duck, goose or swan as their “visual term paper” to demonstrate what they learned. A curriculum is available for teachers, students and families.
More than 29,000 students participated in the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest in 2013. The winning art at the national level is made into a stamp the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sells for $5 to conservationists, educators, students and the public. Proceeds support conservation education.
The 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest will be held September 27 and 28 at the Maumee Bay State Park Conference Center in Oregon, Ohio.
Top Ten Reasons to Buy a Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp
From the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp