Migratory Bird Stamp and artwork program

Group of Canada geese flying over farmland
2020 Washington Migratory Bird Stamp Artwork Tim Turenne

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.

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 is used to buy and develop migratory bird habitat in the state and enhance, protect, and produce migratory birds in the state. 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.

Ongoing and new projects are described in the current Migratory Bird Stamp and Artwork Program Expenditure Plan.

You can also see the Migratory Bird Artwork Program story map for further details on each project, as well as the history of the program in Washington.

Double down for the ducks

Stamps are a double investment -- investing in waterfowl habitat and also in collectible stamps, which can increase in value as time passes. Some past duck stamps have gained 65 to 175 percent in value. Even if you purchase a stamp for collecting or a 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 and prints, see the Washington Waterfowl Association’s website.