A Modest Proposal for a Wildlife Conservation Stamp

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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. A mockup of what a Wildlife Conservation Stamp might look like. Duck hunting is big business in the United States.

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Is It So Hard To Understand Why Birders and Wildlife Conservationists Don’t Buy the Duck Stamp?

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Ring-necked Duck ( Aythya collaris ) photo by Larry Jordan. In 1976, Congress changed the official name to the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp , presumably to broaden its appeal to non-hunters. Over the following thirty-seven years there has never been a concerted effort to promote what is still called the “ Duck Stamp ” by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to anyone other than hunters and philatelists.

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Duck Numbers And Duck Stamp Sales No Longer Correlate

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This has benefited both the waterfowl hunters and everyone else who likes ducks and their kin. Eventually, the pigeons, as it were, may come home to roost and the waterfowl and other wildlife, as well as hunters and bird watchers, will be sitting ducks. From the abstract of the study: Current waterfowl populations provide liberal hunting seasons, but waterfowl hunter numbers have declined since the mid–1990s.

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Lewis's Woodpecker in New York State

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The homeowner, Fred Jordan, has been hosting visiting birders who heard of the bird through word-of-mouth since November. Many thanks to Fred Jordan for being a wonderful host with great enthusiasm for his awesome avian visitor. If you are interested in chasing the bird just look at the New York State birding listserv for info on how to contact Fred Jordan. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their two indoor cats, Hunter and B.B.

The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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So, one might surmise, it’s OK if they get shot by hunters thinking they’re sandhill cranes? What could motivate gunmen (I cannot call them hunters) in two states to deliberately kill North America’s tallest and most critically endangered bird? Hunting sandhill cranes in the Eastern flyway will put those 100 whooping cranes at even greater risk of being brought down by gunfire, hunter education courses and handy color brochures notwithstanding. Do all hunters realize that?

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Cinnamon Teal at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Cinnamon Teal ( Anas cyanoptera ) pair by Larry Jordan (click on photos for full sized images) Winter is the time to visit the National Wildlife Refuges in California. As I quoted in my previous post on promoting a Federal Wildlife Conservation Stamp , by 2011 the number of hunters had grown to 13.7

Duck Butts

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He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their two indoor cats, Hunter and B.B. Larry Jordan Mar 1st, 2011 at 3:06 am I plan on doing an entire post on bird butts sometime in the future.

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Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

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He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their two indoor cats, Hunter and B.B. Corey Mar 11th, 2011 at 12:03 am Well, it did swim pretty much directly in front of me, which made it easy… Larry Jordan Mar 13th, 2011 at 10:29 am Great find Corey!

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Best Bird of the Year 2012

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Considering the bird survived a season in an area saturated with hunters and birds of prey, this facemelting rarity deserves our respect. an unhatched Red-throated Loon by Clare Kines Like Duncan, Larry Jordan had a difficult time picking his Best Bird of the Year but he eventually chose a woodpecker. Black-backed Woodpecker by Larry Jordan Alan Tilmouth chose a bird that I would love to see myself.

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