Today is the 80th Anniversary of the first Federal Duck Stamp.
Sunday, March 16, 2014 represents the anniversary of a unique and beneficial fundraiser for the conservation and rehabilitation of waterfowl habitat in the US.
Since its enactment by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1934, Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act (as the duck stamp was originally known) sales have conserved more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat across the country.
Ironically, the buying power of Federal Duck Stamps has never been lower. Now set at $15, the price has not risen to reflect the changing value of the land that’s being conserved. As an example, Minnesota wetland has increased from $400 an acre to $1,400 since only 1998.
The most unique aspect of Federal Duck Stamps is the artistic competition held every year to determine the specific images that appear on the purchasable stamps. In fact, it’s so unique and interesting that a Kickstarter movement has begun to film a documentary on the submission and judging process.
Here’s an introduction to the ‘Million Dollar Duck’ documentary project.
Have you purchased a Federal Duck Stamp? Do you feel like it is satisfying its intentions of preserving wetland habitat?
Featured image via US Fish & Wildlife Service