Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, which we prefer to call Bird Conservation Stamps (Duck Stamps) are one of the best ways of creating and restoring habitat. 98 cents of every dollar goes straight to conservation funding making it the most cost-effective form of bird conservation.
- In 2007, approximately 1.6 million duck stamps were sold! At $15.00 each that means over $23 million that goes straight into protecting habitat for birds.
- Since 1991, there has not been any price increase on the Duck Stamp. This year there is a proposal to raise the price to $25.00, a notable increase but one that is important to increasing conservation.
- Some people might be discouraged to purchase the stamps but even if total sales decrease by say 10% (1.44 million stamps) the new price will raise over $35 million, a substantial increase in funds. But hopefully all birders will be inspired to purchase stamps.
- If there are 40 million birders in the U.S. and just half of these birders buy one stamp a year, that’s $490 million (98%) that would be used to purchase and protect land that birders enjoy.
Bird Conservation Stamps do more than protect waterfowl. Many species of birds benefit from the increase in habitat protection.