The Michigan Waterfowl Stamp Program, established in 1976, has become an icon for waterfowl hunters and wetland conservation enthusiasts. During the past 39 years, the program has gained popularity with collectors and conservation groups throughout the United States.
The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to waterfowl and wetland conservation, coordinates the stamp program in partnership with the DNR. Proceeds from stamp sales will be used to fund Michigan Duck Hunters Association projects, with 10 percent used to match DNR funding for purchasing, restoring and enhancing wetlands.
The 2015 Michigan Duck Stamp features a striking pair of common goldeneyes in flight, painted by Guy Crittenden. Also featured on the stamp is the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, located on Lake Superior in the Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Crittenden, a wildlife artist from Richmond, Virginia, has won the Virginia Duck Stamp Competition four times since 2005. He won the Connecticut Duck Stamp and the Michigan Duck Stamp competitions in 2014, and has placed as high as fifth in the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Contest.
The purchase of Michigan duck stamps and prints helps to ensure continued conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat. To learn more about the stamp program and how to support conservation efforts in Michigan by purchasing limited-edition, signed and numbered prints and collector-edition stamps, please visit www.michigan.gov/waterfowl and click on Michigan Waterfowl Stamp Program. Purchase of these items is voluntary and does not replace the state waterfowl hunting license.
The Michigan Duck Hunters Association will mail those who purchase a 2015 waterfowl hunting license a free copy of the stamp (subject to availability), if they send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a copy of their Michigan waterfowl hunting license to: Michigan Waterfowl Stamp Program, P.O. Box 1029, Midland MI 48640-0020.
Beginning a collection of limited-edition Michigan duck stamps, or adding to a current collection, is a great way to celebrate the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan’s waterfowl, wetlands and waterfowl hunting community. For more information about the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, please visit www.michigan.gov/mwl.