[CT Birds] scarcity of ducks

Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Tue Jan 6 10:14:57 EST 2009


More hunters?  If you actually look at the number of duck hunters the trend has been down for almost two decades here in Connecticut.  The simplest way to judge this is by the sale of the "duck stamps" (Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps).  This graph shows the last eighty years or so.

http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/federal/sales/images/Connecticu34-03.gif

Not that all sales of these stamps goes to hunters.  They should be an annual purchase by birders who are interested in maintaining wetlands.  98 cents of every dollar used to purchase Duck Stamps goes directly to buying or leasing wetland habitat for wildlife.  The decline in hunting means a direct decline in those funds, so wouldn't it sound right for birders to take up some of the slack?  They also act as a pass to all the federal wildlife refuges that charge for entry such as Brigantine, Bombay Hook, Ding Darling, and many, many more.  They go on sale each July at many post offices, and are good through the end of the following June.  None of the national refuges in CT require paying for admission, but they all benefit from the sale of the stamps.

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT




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