A pair of Canvasbacks painted by wildlife artist Adam Grimm of Burbank, S.D. are featured on the 2014-2015 Federal Duck Stamp. The 81st Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, as it is formally known, was released in June.
The stamps are available for purchase online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, and at some post offices and national wildlife refuges. Visit www.fws.gov/duckstamps/stamps.htm for more information.
Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry a current Federal Duck Stamp. Conservationists, birders, stamp collectors, art lovers and many others also buy the stamp as an investment in wetlands conservation for future generations.
Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from the $15 duck stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports wetland acquisition for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Since 1934, Federal Duck Stamp sales have raised more than $850 million to acquire and protect more than 6 million acres of wetlands habitat on hundreds of national wildlife refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories.
A current Federal Duck Stamp is also good for free admission to any refuge that charges an entry fee.
Last fall, a panel of judges chose Grimm’s art to grace the stamp from among 202 paintings at the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The next Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest will be held Sept. 19 and 20, 2014 in Shepherdstown, WV.
For more information, visit www.fws.gov/duckstamps.
source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service