The 2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp is out!

I was present at the ceremony and could barely hold it together; it was very emotional for me! 

Press release and how to buy stamps:

A great article about WHY these are so important (PDF file)

Some quotes:

“At a time when reliable conservation funding for habitat protection is increasingly hard to come by, revenue from the Duck Stamp remains a dependable source, and the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund continues to be a highly efficient vehicle for bird-oriented land conservation. It’s something we can all count on, and by law—at least since 1958—the dollars collected cannot be diverted to other purposes.

“How much does just one stamp secure in the way of wetland and grassland habitat?” We attempted to pursue a reasonable answer for any individual who bought a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp in the last year. (…)  With about $883 per acre of habitat secured, we arrived at 1.66% of an acre, or 725 square feet. (…)  Moreover, to be able to stand somewhere on some federal refuge land and think that “my stamp” secured a block that’s about 725 square feet, should be enough to make anyone feel proud.”

In short- Duck Stamps protect vital wetland and grassland habitats, which are used by tens of thousands of species of animal and plant. The wetlands in particular help filter our groundwater and mitigate flooding. These two habitats are incredibly important for plants and animals, but are also important for people! The money generated from each stamp can NOT be used in any other way, and as of 2013 each stamp conserved around 725 square feet. THATS BANANAS. Now that the stamp is $25, it is predicted to save MORE than 725 square feet per stamp. Imagine a beautiful, wild place on a National Wildlife Refuge or any other wetland or grassland preservation project, and then imagine that you personally saved more than 725 square feet of it. It makes me want to cry, just thinking about it!

It’s American Eagle Day, a day that celebrates America’s national symbol – the Bald Eagle – and its dramatic comeback from the brink of extinction. In this amazing photo, an eagle flies from its nest at Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee. Photo by Don Holland (🇺🇸🇺🇸