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The Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp Should Increase in Price

UPDATE: The Bill has passed the House, and now moves to the Senate. 

Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe has released a statement commending the U.S. House of Representatives for their decision, “The increase is desperately needed, and I hope the Senate takes action to approve the increase in the current Congress.” Read the full statement here. 

Act Now! Urge the Senate to pass the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 to ensure the price increase.

Congress Should Raise the Price of the Duck Stamp to $25

One of the most successful conservation programs ever is the “Duck Stamp,” formally known as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. And right now, Congress is contemplating a price increase from $15 to $25.

Evening clouds at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge which has over 10,000 acres purchased through the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund | Michael Rubin
Evening clouds at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge which has over 10,000 acres purchased through the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund | Michael Rubin

For those of you who know the Duck Stamp, the revenue raised through this popular conservation stamp helps the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service purchase wetland habitat that benefits waterfowl and other migratory birds and wildlife.

Three Reasons Why the Duck Stamp Needs a Price Hike

  1. It’s Overdue – This relatively inexpensive stamp has not seen a price increase since 1991. And yet, in that 23-year period, the price of land has tripled.
  2. The Price Increase is Modest – For the cost of just a few specialty coffee drinks at your favorite morning bistro, you can help protect habitat for not only migratory birds and waterfowl, but also bears, ocelots, turtles and hundreds of other critters!
  3. Duck Stamp is Money Well Spent – Out of every dollar it generates, 98 cents helps acquire wetland habitat. By buying this stamp, refuge supporters and waterfowl hunters have contributed nearly $800 million to protect more than five million acres of wetland and grassland habitat in America!

Status: The House Natural Resources Committee has sent H.R. 5069 to the full House of Representatives for a vote. This bill and its Senate companion, S. 2621, would increase the stamp’s price from $15 to $25. The additional $10 will be used to purchase conservation easements on refuges from willing private landowners.

You might be surprised how much of YOUR refuge has been acquired with Duck Stamp dollars – check out this spreadsheet for a list of refuges with the percentage of Duck Stamp acreage.

To learn more about the Duck Stamp, visit the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp webpage.

Tell us whether you agree that Congress should pass an increase to the Duck Stamp, and why you feel that way, in the comments.

 

 

 

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1 comment

  1. Clifford says:

    I hear you out and I agree with you, increasing duck stamp price will benefit both parties: wildlife as well as hunters. Looking forward that this will be implemented in all states as well neighboring countries.

    Clifford
    Duck hunting in Nicaragua – NicaraguaBirdHunting.com

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