[CT Birds] Holiday Stocking Stuffer

MIN HUANG mhuang at snet.net
Tue Dec 22 21:08:54 EST 2015

Everyone who is concerned about birds and their habitats should be buying a duck stamp.  Not only a CT state duck stamp, but a Federal Duck stamp.  Federal Duck stamp money purchased almost half of the Stewart B. McKinney NWR, a Refuge whose main objective is to enhance shorebirds and long legged waders.  Not ducks.

The CT Duck Stamp Account is the sole source of money for many of the wetland projects that are conducted in the State.  There is no General Fund money that is dedicated towards wetland conservation.  Other Federal dollars (e.g. Pittman-Robertson monies generated by hunters) are used for wetland conservation in Connecticut also.

Duck Stamp funds have been leveraged for other dollars to the tune of $4,763,000.  This represents over a 4:1 return on our money.

Connecticut was the first state in the nation to establish a unit dedicated to wetland restoration. The DEEP's Wetland Restoration Unit receives no state funds and operates solely off of outside monies and Connecticut Duck Stamp funds.

The annual revenue generated by the Duck Stamp is infinitesimal in the context of the overall State Budget, however, for wetland restoration activities in the state, the DS Account is the single most important source of revenue, particularly when the DS Account is large enough to be used as leverage to fund big projects.

The wetland restoration work that the Duck Stamp has helped to fund is critical for a myriad of Connecticut's species of Greatest Conservation Need.

Over 3,545 acres of wetlands in the state have been restored or enhanced.  Projects have been conducted at over 50 sites statewide.  This has benefitted many of the approximately 274 birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles of the state that rely upon clean, healthy wetlands.  In many instances Duck Stamp funds were the only source of money for these projects.

  *   Great Island WMA in Old Lyme. Over 300 acres of degraded marsh were restored in 2002. This project entailed phragmites control, pond creation and the filling of mosquito ditches to create shallow pannes. Duck Stamp dollars were the match that was used to receive over $200,000 in Federal grant money.  Without the Duck Stamp money, we would not have gotten this grant.  Partners on this project included Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Connecticut Waterfowlers Association (CWA).

  *   Wangunk Meadows WMA in Portland.  A 75 acre addition to this important waterfowl habitat was purchased in 1997.

  *   East River WMA in Guilford.  Over 150 acres were restored at this site by plugging ditches and creating ponds in 1999. Prior to these management efforts, this marsh received negligible use by waterfowl and other birds.  Systematic surveys conducted by the Wildlife Division have documented significant increases in use of the restored area by all types of birds, with the most dramatic increase being in numbers of waterfowl.  Three years and then again six years after the project was completed, the number of waterfowl observed at the restored site was 18 times greater than on un-restored areas nearby.   Shorebird and wading bird use of the area increased immensely and was almost exclusively within areas that were restored.  In this case, and in many others, hunter dollars result in habitat for many non-hunted species.

  *   Charter Marsh in Tolland.  Over 127 acres were restored using Duck Stamp dollars and a Federal grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

  *   Natchaug State Forest in Eastford and Chaplin.  Over 60 acres of freshwater wetlands were restored using Duck Stamp dollars and a Federal grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

  *   Over 300 acres of critical habitat restored and acquired at 3 sites along the coast as part of a NAWCA grant that leveraged Duck Stamp dollars and the Towns of Branford, Tolland, the Groton Open Space Association, and the Trust For Public Land.

Min Huang
On Tue, 12/22/15, Stephen Broker via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

Subject: [CT Birds] Holiday Stocking Stuffer
To: "Birds CT" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 5:03 PM

Help stretch Connecticut Conservation
An excellent way to support habitat conservation <http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&Q=492150&deepNav_GID=1655%20#Results>
in Connecticut is to buy a Connecticut Duck Stamp <http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&Q=492150&deepNav_GID=1655%20#History>
and a Federal Duck Stamp <http://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/duck-stamp-information-for-birders-and-photographers.php>
annually. A Federal Duck Stamp gets you free admission to
any national wildlife refuge <http://www.fws.gov/refuges> that charges an entry
fee. CT Duck Stamp funds have generated additional monies
for Connecticut through matching grants from federal
conservation initiatives.

The Holiday Season is upon us.  Let’s get a few
perennial duck stamp purchasers to add to this thread,
commenting on why they encourage the buying of duck stamps.

Steve Broker
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