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Duck Stamp: Little stamp has big impacts in the Great Lakes and nationwide

By: James Proffitt, Great Lakes Now

Waterfowl hunters began buying them nearly a century ago. Just after that, collectors joined the fun.

Since its inception in 1934 when Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act into law, the duck stamp (as it’s commonly known) has garnered more than $1 billion for habitat conservation in the national wildlife refuge system. In recent years more wildlife enthusiasts, including birdwatchers, have been swooping in to buy stamps that historically were of interest mostly to hunters and collectors.

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