Happy 80th Birthday, Duck Stamp!

The first Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (duck stamp) was sold 80 years ago. Since then, the duck stamp program has protected nearly 6 million acres of habitat through expenditures of more than $900 million.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act into law in March of 1934, the duck stamp program became a reality. Artist and conservationist Jay N. "Ding" Darling created the artwork that adorned the first stamp (above), which went on sale in August 1934 for $1. In that inaugural year, 635,001 duck stamps were sold.

Today, hunters over the age of 16 are required to purchase the stamp to pursue migratory waterfowl. Birders and other outdoor enthusiasts also buy the stamp to contribute to the future of our wildlife resources. Revenue from duck stamp sales is used to acquire wetlands and other habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge system.

Click here to buy your 2014 duck stamp today!

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