A mockup of what a Wildlife Conservation Stamp might look like

Duck hunting is big business in the United States. (Just ask whoever greenlit the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty, about a family that sells duck calls.) Of all the dollars spent bagging ducks, a piece of the pie goes to the federal duck stamp program, which just went on sale; anyone over the age of 16 who wants to hunt migratory ducks needs to buy the stamp annually, and the funds raised go toward conservation and preserving and improving habitat for ducks and hunters alike.

But what about those of us who’d rather just look at ducks than shoot them? Where’s our duck stamp? Well, inspired by the success of this program, 10,000 Birds contributor Larry Jordan is part of an effort to create a Wildlife Conservation Stamp that would share some of the same goals as the duck stamp, but perhaps be a little more palatable to people who don’t hunt birds.

If this all sounds like a great idea to you, check out the Wildlife Conservation Stamp’s website to learn more. And be sure to support and share their Facebook page—your clicks can help push it over the 5,000 “likes” mark! The ducks, and those who enjoy them, will thank you.



Written by Meredith Mann
The lowly Red-winged Blackbirds in suburban New York triggered Meredith Mann's interest in birds. Five years later, she's explored some of the the USA's coolest hotspots, from Plum Island in Massachusetts to the Magic Hedge in Chicago to the deserts of Fallon, Nevada. She recently migrated from the Windy City (where she proudly served as a Chicago Bird Collision Monitor, rescuing migrants from skyscrapers and sidewalks) to Philadelphia, where she plans to find new editing and writing gigs; keep up her cool-finds chronicle, Blog5B; and discover which cheesesteak really is the best. And she will accept any and all invitations to bird Cape May, NJ.