Hunters, birders and stamp collectors celebrated as the 2021-22 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – commonly known as the Duck Stamp – went on sale this week. The new Federal Duck Stamp and its younger sibling, the Junior Duck Stamp, debuted today and are now available for purchase.
The lesser scaup drake painted by artist Richard Clifton of Milton, Del., adorns the new Federal Duck Stamp and will raise millions of dollars for habitat conservation to benefit wildlife and the American people.
The Junior Duck Stamp, which also went on sale this week, raises funds to support youth conservation education. This year’s stamp features hooded mergansers painted by Margaret McMullen, of Kansas.
A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (commonly called a Duck Stamp) costs $25 and is required by federal law for waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and over to have attached to their physical hunting license.
The new duck stamps are available for purchase online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, post offices in Ottawa County and national wildlife refuges. Find all buying options at www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php.
A current Federal Duck Stamp is also good for free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee. Of the 567 refuges, many offer unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, bird watching and photography.
“As one of the most well-known and revered conservation programs in the country, I am excited to buy my very own Federal and Junior Duck Stamps to help contribute to waterfowl and wetland conservation,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “I am so encouraged by the enthusiasm this program and the annual design competitions continue to elicit. I feel proud to both support this artwork and invest in the protection of wetlands and outdoor spaces for future generations.”
The Federal Duck Stamp plays a critically important role in wildlife conservation. Since 1934, sales of this stamp have raised more than $1.1 billion to protect over 6 million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation.
“Purchasing Federal Duck Stamps is a great way to support bird habitat conservation and is one of the most successful conservation tools in our toolbox. Of every dollar spent on a duck stamp, 98 cents of the purchase goes directly to acquiring and protecting waterfowl habitat,” said Martha Williams, Service Principal Deputy Director.
Waterfowl are not the only species that benefit from wetland habitat preservation. Thousands upon thousands of shorebirds, herons, raptors and songbirds, as well as mammals, fish, native plants, reptiles and amphibians rely on these landscapes as well. An estimated one-third of the nation’s endangered and threatened species take advantage of these habitats.
Funds raised from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps go toward the acquisition or lease of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Duck Stamps – while required for waterfowl hunters as part of their annual license – are also voluntarily purchased by birders, outdoor enthusiasts and fans of national wildlife refuges who understand the value of preserving some of the most diverse and important wildlife habitats in our nation. Stamp and wildlife art collectors also value these miniature pieces of art and contribute to conservation through their purchases of duck stamps.