Recently one of my favorite birding websites (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) put up an article on the duck stamp. Also known as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, this stamp is famous for its picturesque depictions of various North American waterfowl species and for its conservation efforts to aid in wetland protection. Duck hunters have been the main supporters of the program through mandatory purchase with a hunting license. However, this is a great opportunity for bird enthusiasts to support habitat preservation for species including shorebirds, herons, raptors, and songbirds, not to mention reptiles, amphibians, fish, butterflies, native plants, and more. Proceeds from the purchase goes to land acquisition in expanding wildlife refuges and other conservation areas. So consider investing in a duck stamp, whether you are a hunter, birder or stamp collector. Not only is it an investment in wildlife art but also an opportunity to create more habitat for our feathered friends.