5 Reasons Why You Should Buy the 2017-2018 Migratory Bird Stamp

What started as a hunting stamp is one of the best ways to save and protect migratory waterfowl wetlands and prairie grasslands, and has helped purchase millions of acres of National Wildlife Refuge lands benefiting many other bird species. Since 1934, the Migratory Bird Stamp – which is officially known as the Duck Stamp – has provided food and shelter for an estimated one-third of the nations threatened and endangered species.


Since 1934, the Migratory Bird Stamp – which began as the Duck Stamp – has raised over $900 million dollars for protection and purchase of critical wetlands and grasslands for waterfowl and prairie birds.


How a hunting license became every bird watchers’ secret conservation weapon

The 2017-2018 Migratory Bird Stamp is on sale now, and since 1934, has generated more than $900 million dollars. This has enabled the National Wildlife Refuge System to lease or purchase more than 6 million acres of wetland and grassland habitat in the United States.

Bird watching using HD binoculars.

Created in 1934 for waterfowl hunters, The Duck Stamp is a valid federal license, required for hunting migratory waterfowl.  A birder’s dream –  for a $25 purchase price the stamp provides free entrance into every national wildlife refuge in the lower 48 US states.[1]

5 Reasons You Should Buy the 2017-2018 Migratory Bird Stamp

  1. For just $25, bearers have access to every national wildlife refuge in the lower 48 US states – a birder’s bargain for a year of bird watching access.
  1. The fund benefits shorebirds, herons, raptors, and songbirds, not to mention reptiles, amphibians, fish, butterflies, native plants, and more.[2]
  1. The program has created over 3 million acres within the critical Prairie Pothole Region, making this area one of the best bird watching refuges for Bobolinks, Grasshopper Sparrows, Clay-colored Sparrows, Sedge Wrens, and others.[3]
  1. 98 cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of the Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
  1. An estimated one third of the nation’s endangered and threatened species find food or shelter in refuges established using Federal Duck Stamp dollars.[4]


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Birding Association are strong supporters of the Migratory Bird stamp as a direct way to protect habitat and expand the size of migratory wetlands and grasslands.

The Migratory Bird Stamp has been called one of the most successful conservation programs ever initiated. It can be purchased online at USPS, outdoor sports stores and through the Federal Duck Stamp Office.

[1] National Wildlife Refuge Association

[2] Cornell Lab of Ornithology

[3] Cornell Lab of Ornithology

[4] National Wildlife Refuge Association