Waterfowl Featured on Duck Stamps

1992-1993 stamp featuring Spectacled Eider

The Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp has been in place for 75 years, starting back in the 1934-1935 season with a Mallard. Since then, the stamp has changed a lot in quality and price. But one thing that has not changed is that 98% of the cost of the stamp goes to conservation, a truly remarkable thing.

Some facts:

  • 44 species of ducks, geese, and swans have been featured
  • Mallard, Canvasback, and Northern Pintail have been featured the most, 5 times each
  • The Canvasback was featured as a decoy on the 1975-1976 stamp
  • All regularly occurring waterfowl species have been featured except Cackling Goose, a newly split bird from Canada Goose
  • The 1959-1960 stamp featured a Black Labrador Retriever (holding a shot Mallard)
  • You can view all previous stamps at The Federal Duck Stamp Program

The five Northern Pintail stamps, including the current one

2 thoughts on “Waterfowl Featured on Duck Stamps

  1. Nice stamps….I still have my Waterfowl Stamp baseball cap, I think its from 96 or something where they featured a Surf Scoter….everytime I go wetland birding it goes with me

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