The 2020-2021 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp — commonly known as the Duck Stamp — is now on sale, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The new Federal Duck Stamp and its younger sibling, the Junior Duck Stamp are available for purchase at official locations and online.
A pair of black-bellied whistling-ducks painted by artist Eddie LeRoy of Eufaula, Alabama, is the new Federal Duck Stamp, sales of which will raise millions of dollars for habitat conservation to benefit wildlife and the American people, according to USFWS.
“Purchasing Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps is a great way to support conserving America’s waterfowl and wetlands,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt. “Each purchase directly funds restoration of migratory bird habitats and has supported millions of acres across the country since inception.”
The 2020-2021 Junior Duck Stamp, which also went on sale this week, raises funds to support youth conservation education and this year features a wood duck painted by Madison Grimm, 13, of South Dakota, according to USFWS.
The Federal Duck Stamp plays a critically important role in wildlife conservation. Since 1934, sales of this stamp have raised more than $1 billion to protect 6 million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation.
“People sometimes ask me what they can do personally to help wildlife and my first answer is ‘Buy a Duck Stamp!’ It’s easy, fun and tremendously effective,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith. “The art is truly outstanding and collectible, but most importantly the money raised by stamp sales goes directly to benefit wildlife and national wildlife refuges that support them, which we in turn can all enjoy.”