Duck Stamps: A Successful and Long-Lived Conservation Tool

On Oct. 29, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced the winners of the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The winning artwork, by Joseph Hautman, will be reproduced as pictorialstamps produced by the U.S. Postal Service for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest is part of a U.S. tradition that dates back to 1934. Originally, the stamps served as hunting licenses (and still do), but they also serve an important role as a fundraiser for wetland habitat.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sales of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Over the years, Duck Stamp sales raised more than $750 million, which has been used to help purchase or lease over 5.3 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the U.S.

For more information about the history of duck stamps, how they benefit wildlife and where to buy them, please visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Federal Duck Stamp Office website.