Federal Duck Stamps United States of America

J.N. "Ding" Darling, a nationally known political cartoonist, led a drive by conservationists to remedy the problem of disappearing bird habitat. Darling, who was keenly interested in hunting and wildlife, watched in dismay as the waterfowl habitat in his own state was drastically reduced. Darling put his own artistic talents to use and frequently published biting cartoons depicting the destruction of this nation's waterfowl and its habitat.

Undoubtedly, however, Darling's most significant contribution was the concept of a Federal revenue stamp to generate the necessary funds for the acquisition of waterfowl habitat. His idea became reality on March 16, 1934, when Congress passed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act which required
every waterfowl hunter 16 years of age and over to annually purchase and carry a Federal Duck Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Duck Stamps are earmarked to buy and lease waterfowl habitat....


Green-winged Teal 
Painting by Ken Michaelson
Cat. RW46

Painting by Richard Plasschaert
Cat. RW47

Ruddy Ducks
Painting by John S. Wilson
Cat. RW48

Painting by David A. Maass
Cat. RW49

Painting by Arthur Anderson
Cat. RW54