Contact(s): Sara Comstock, DNR assistant wetland habitat specialist, 608-261-0775; Jason Fleener, DNR wetland habitat specialist, 608-266-7408
MADISON - Applications for Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp funds are due by March 8, 2019. Funds are available to non-profit conservation organizations and units of government focused on habitat conservation activities that will benefit waterfowl.
Funding for successful applicants will be available during the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' 2020 and 2021 fiscal years, beginning July 1, 2019.
2019 Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp by Jon Rickaby of Green Bay, WI
"The Waterfowl Stamp, often called the duck stamp, is a critical source of revenue targeting habitat projects that are intended to directly benefit waterfowl breeding in and migrating through Wisconsin," said Jason Fleener, DNR wetland habitat specialist. "Waterfowl stamp funds have been leveraged strategically by DNR and cooperators for decades to earn grants, pulling in millions of additional conservation dollars into Wisconsin."
On average, annual Waterfowl Stamp revenues exceed $500,000. Stamp revenues are primarily generated by license sales from waterfowl hunters, but other outdoor enthusiasts can make contributions by purchasing collector stamps. Funds are distributed between DNR and non-DNR projects through a competitive application process.
By state law, 33 percent of revenues are reserved for habitat projects in Canada. Cooperating organizations have implemented these habitat projects efficiently for several decades in the most productive waterfowl breeding areas that produce ducks that migrate through Wisconsin.
An announcement for an open application period for Turkey and Pheasant Stamp project funding will be made later this winter.