Federal duck stamps for the years 2014-15 go on sale Friday, June 27. The new stamp carries a painting of a Canvasback. The artwork was done by a South Dakota artist, Adam Grimm. Stamps cost $15. They are one of our best investments in bird conservation. Funds from stamp sale are used to purchase land for national wildlife refuges and waterfowl management areas. Both refuges and WMAs support far more non-game bird species than ducks. The grasslands surrounding the ponds and potholes used by nesting ducks support many non-game species working their way toward endangerment because of habitat loss. Every birder should buy a duck stamp. Buy two, and give one to a friend. Duck stamps are important to birds and birders. You can buy them at most post offices, and at many of the big-box hunting and fishing stores.

Canvasback is the species featured on the 2014-15 federal duck stamp.

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