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The US Federal Duck Stamp-- why should anyone care?

I am often surprised when I talk to fellow birders and peers that are interested in conservation... I am surprised that not only do they not know what the federal duck stamp program is for. Some haven't even heard of it, or think that it is a postage stamp!

I am also frustrated at the birders I talk to that scorn hunters, and yet themselves would not consider buying this stamp. It is estimated that 10% or less of non-hunters buy this stamp. That's pathetic. I have seen people crying that one should consider donating that $15 to other organizations instead, but if one researches into their organization of choice, one will find that most of them contribute far, far less than $0.98/dollar to the fund of choice ($0.98/dollar goes directly toward buying wetlands with the duck stamp program). Go ahead, plug in a popular charity that protects wetlands! See where your money really goes. www.charitynavigator.org/  With many of these groups you are paying the CEO, paying for junk mailings, paying for red tape, and so forth.

Why should birders and anyone that is concerned with wildlife conservation and wetland habitat (some of the most important habitat that is under threat in the USA) buy one of these danged things? birdingwithkennandkim.blogspot…

And what the crap is this stamp thing even about?? www.fws.gov/midwest/2013DuckSt…

Could you imagine the amount of habitat that could be preserved if all US citizens (that could afford to, of course-- I know all too well how tight finances can be) bought one of these things every year?

Imagine, only how much could be saved if only the people that have gone to and enjoyed one of these preserved locations bought a stamp? Actually, the duck stamp will give you a year's worth of free admission to many NWR's... that's pretty awesome.
Have you ever been on a National Wildlife Refuge? Welcome to duck stamp conservation! Many of these wildlife refuges were paid for with duck stamp money. blog.allaboutbirds.org/2013/06… (see map, mid-article)

This journal is not intended to guilt anyone. It is hopefully to educate about this program, and to get a mini-rant off my chest! :) Obviously this only really applies to people in the USA. I know some of you live in other places! :)
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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
I live near a wildlife refuge, and it is awesome!
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Kamakru Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
YES YES YES OMG.
Or how about this: Ducks unlimited hold banquets every year, with auctions and donations and loads of money going toward wetland conservation - and I mean they pull in thousands from each of these events, and it's members are more than happy to donate. 
What many don't understand is that ironically, those 'evil hunters' are doing the most to preserve wildlife and the wetlands. And also, hunting IS also part of the preservation. Anyone who understands how wildlife populations work would know. 

Thanks for reminding me to go get my duck stamp for this year =D

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atrafeathers Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love that you put this info up on here. because your right more people need to help out. and keep up the great artwork. :)
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IceBlitzWolfen Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had forgotten about this!  The first time I stumbled upon duck stamps, I didn't fully realize what they were (probably because I was too ADD in my wildlife management class).  I definitely plan to buy them, and maybe even contribute in the future.  :D  Thanks Nambroth!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yay! :D
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asazieagle Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
As I said elsewhere, I didn't realize that the money directly funded refuges, I thought it was just a kind of hunting license. Thanks for sharing this information.
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Siochanna Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013   General Artist
I'd never heard of this, thanks for the info.  And thanks for that Charity thing, too, that's great!  I'll be sharing both :)
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AvisCelox Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly the birders who won't buy it because hunters do bother me the most. They would abandon the birds they claim to care so much about just because they don't like some of the people who use the stamp. Animal rights notions (often by meat-eaters!) don't always fit snugly with actual conservation.

It's a great program, it's needed to hunt waterfowl and gives you a free pass into many refuges, if you have the money and care about conservation you have reason to buy one.
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MuzunguMbaya Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the info.  I'd heard of them, but never knew what they were for.
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Elijahsrevenge Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Gotta love this one! The ducks are all so beautiful. I don't hunt at the moment, but have family and friends who do and they talked about the duck stamps. It's a neat program and really great for the conservation of valuable lands.
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