As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Nature Watch: How Duck Stamps Save Birds

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CONN. — Want to know an easy way to help with vital land conservation? Stop by your local post office, or go online, and buy this year’s federal Duck Stamp. It’s one of the country’s most cost-effective conservation tools. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar you spend on these stamps goes toward buying or leasing wetland habitat. Since the program began in 1934, proceeds from Duck Stamp sales have brought more than 6 million acres under federal protection. 

A Duck Stamp costs $15 and is a required purchase for anyone over 16 who hunts migratory waterfowl. For birders or hikers, stamp sales help preserve open space and give you an entrance pass to wildlife refuges where admission is normally charged. These beautiful stamps are collector’s items, too. They’re not meant for mailing letters. Instead, they’re your contribution to conservation.

“Conservation,” you say? “When those hunters are shooting birds?”

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