are Duck Stamps?
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps,
commonly known as "Duck Stamps" are pictorial
stamps produced by the U.S. Postal Service for the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife
are not valid for postage. Originally created in 1934
as the federal licenses required for hunting migratory
Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today. The
first Federal Duck Stamp was designed by J.N. "Ding" Darling.
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
to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife
Refuge System. A current year's Federal Duck Stamp also serves as an
entrance pass for National Wildlife Refuges where admission is normally charged.
In 1989, the first Junior Duck Stamps
were produced. Junior
Duck Stamps are now the capstone of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service's Junior Duck Stamp environmental education program,
teaching students across the nation "conservation
through the arts." Revenue generated by the
sales of Junior Duck Stamps funds environmental education
in all 50 states, the District of Columbia,
and 2 territories
(American Samoa and the Virgin Islands).
Duck Stamps have been benefiting wildlife
since 1934. The
sales of Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $670
million, which has been used to help
or lease over 5.2 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the U.S. These
lands are now protected in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's National
Wildlife Refuge System.
Waterfowl are not the only wildlife
to benefit from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps. Numerous
other bird, mammal, fish, reptile, and amphibian species
rely on wetland habitats have prospered. Further, an estimated one-third
of the nation's endangered and threatened species find
food or shelter in refuges
using Federal Duck Stamp funds.
People, too, have benefited from the
Federal Duck Stamp Program. All outdoor enthusiasts
have places to hike, watch birds, hunt and visit. Moreover,
protected wetlands help purify water supplies, store flood water, reduce
soil erosion and
sedimentation, and provide spawning areas for fish important to sport and
Birders and conservationists buy Federal
Duck Stamps because they know that the stamps are, dollar
for dollar, one
of the best investments one
future of America's wetlands. Educators, conservationists, hunters,
birders, parents, and students alike buy $5 Junior Duck Stamps in order
conservation education programs in the U.S.
can I buy Duck Stamps?
Both Federal Duck Stamps ($15) and Junior Duck Stamps ($5) are sold in many
post offices. You can also buy both stamps on
the Internet, and many
sporting goods and outdoor stores sell the Federal Duck Stamps.