Washington Migratory Bird Stamps and Prints will be available soon through the Washington Waterfowl Association (WWA).
If you bought a Migratory Bird Permit and would like a free Washington Migratory Bird Stamp, please send proof of purchase and a self-addressed stamped envelope to WWA Duck Stamp Program, PO Box 2131, Auburn, WA, 98071-2131 by March 31 of the year following stamp issue.
If you have any questions about ordering stamps or artwork please call (253) 833-7102 or visit Washington Waterfowl Association. Proceeds from stamps and artwork are used to protect and enhance thousands of acres of wetlands and other waterfowl habitat. If you have recommendations for the design of the Washington Migratory Bird Stamp and Print, please contact WWA.
Thank you for your support in protecting and improving Washington State's wildlife habitat.
You can invest in the future of Washington’s diverse migratory bird and wetland resources. Your purchase of one or more Washington State Migratory Bird Stamps or Migratory Bird Stamp artwork products represents not only a sound personal financial investment for you, but also an investment in Washington’s wetlands, waterfowl, and other migratory bird resources.
500 acre Chehalis Wildlife area near Elma
Wetlands throughout Washington sustain not only our breeding population, but birds that breed in Alaska, western Canada, and even Russia. Over 35 species and subspecies of ducks, geese, and swans depend on Washington wetlands, which include coastal estuaries, beaver ponds, desert potholes, sloughs and lakes. Other migratory game birds benefitting from the program include mourning doves, band-tailed pigeons, and snipe.
Revenue from the sale of migratory bird permits and stamps to hunters and collectors is used to buy and develop migratory bird habitat in the state and to enhance, protect, and produce migratory birds in the state. Second, revenue from the sale of artwork (limited edition prints) is used to contract with individuals or nonprofit organizations to develop waterfowl production projects in Washington.
The stamp and artwork program has been responsible for several significant improvements in the quality and quantity of habitat in Washington by:
- Acquiring migratory bird habitat jeopardized by loss or degradation.
- Enhancing WDFW Wildlife Area migratory bird habitat.
- Enhancement of migratory bird habitat on private lands.
Examples of many projects completed over the past 20 years include:
- Acquiring and enhancing 500 acres on the Samish Flats near Edison.
- Wetland management of hundreds of acres on the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area for breeding and wintering waterfowl.
- Creating wetlands and enhancing goose forage on the Vancouver and Shillapoo Lake Wildlife Areas.
Ongoing and new projects are described in the current Migratory Bird Stamp and Artwork Program Expenditure Plan.
WDFW has also used revenues from stamps and artwork to fund cooperative projects with Ducks Unlimited, Washington Waterfowl Association, Inc., Audubon Society, and many local sports groups. Funding is available for projects to benefit waterfowl production (contact 360-902-2515).
Stamps are a double investment- investing in waterfowl habitat and also in collectible stamps which can appreciate in value over the years. Some past duck stamps have appreciated from 65 to 175 percent. Even if you purchase a stamp for collecting or your limited-edition print, buying additional stamps is a good investment-both for you and for Washington waterfowl and wetlands. Stamps are available in a variety of configurations. For information on ordering stamps, prints and artist Bart Rulon, see the Washington Waterfowl Association's website.
Take a look at some of the projects made possible by stamp and artwork funds (click on the red dots for more information):