Friday, August 22, 2014

The ABA Now Sells Federal Duck Stamps!

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Our friends at the American Birding Association have a great plan to make sure birders count in U.S. national conservation efforts by selling the 2014 Duck Stamp through the ABA website.

The ABA does not make any money from the stamp, and 98¢ out of every dollar raised from the Duck Stamp sale supports the endeavors of the National Wildlife Refuge System to lease, purchase, and protect wetlands.

Purchasing Duck Stamps through the ABA offers a better picture of the birding community’s impact on conservation initiatives--and Eagle Optics hopes you will get on board with the ABA’s initiative to make the stamps more easily accessible to birders.

Nate Swick, editor of the American Birding Association Blog, suggests birders not only buy a Duck Stamp for ourselves, but additional stamps for others as gifts, awards, and to sell at birding events, meetings, and outings.

Once known as a license required for duck hunters, the Federal Duck Stamp, also known as the Migratory Bird Stamp, is much more than that today. Birders, wildlife biologists, conservationists, and nature lovers buy Duck Stamps each year. Why, you might ask?

1. Funds raised from Duck Stamp sales enable the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to lease and purchase wetlands for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

2. A current Duck Stamp serves as an admission pass to any national wildlife refuge which charges an admission fee.

3. A Duck Stamp purchase, is, dollar for dollar, one of the best investments one can make in the future of America’s wetlands.

4. The Duck Stamp is beautiful, collectable art!

Purchasing a Federal Duck Stamp--now available through the American Birding Association--is a wonderful way to support wetland conservation and migratory bird habitat for years to come.

Nina Cheney
Eagle Optics Staff
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