The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday unveiled the 2020-21 Federal Duck Stamp along with its younger sibling, the Junior Duck Stamp.
The new Federal Duck Stamp – officially known as the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – features a pair of black-bellied whistling ducks by artist Eddie LeRoy of Eufala, Ala. The federal and junior stamps both are now available for purchase at official locations and online.
Proceeds from sales of the federal stamp will raise millions of dollars for habitat conservation. The Junior Duck Stamp, which features a wood duck painted by Madison Grimm, 13, of South Dakota, raises funds to support youth conservation education.
“Purchasing Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps is a great way to support conserving America’s waterfowl and wetlands,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said in a statement. “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 Friday, raises funds to support youth conservation education and this year features a wood duck painted by Madison Grimm, 13, of South Dakota.
Since 1934, sales of the Federal Duck Stamp have raised more than $1 billion to protect 6 million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.
“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.”
The new Duck Stamps are available for purchase online, at many sporting goods and retail stores, and some post offices and national wildlife refuges. Find all buying options at http://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php.