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Special edition duck-stamp envelope now available; sales to support Gulf Coast wildlife refuges


U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently unveiled a special-edition federal-duck-stamp envelope, or cachet, which is now for sale for $25. The proceeds will be used in the purchase of Gulf Coast wetlands for inclusion in the National Wildlife Refuge System, to help conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Today, the wildlife of the Gulf Coast faces new threats -- from the current oil spill to disappearing wetlands -- that we must rise to confront," Salazar said in a press release. "This special-edition duck-stamp cachet will provide hunters and other conservationists the opportunity to once again go beyond the call of duty by conserving disappearing wetlands for generations to come."

The cachet features a silk rendering of an award-winning photograph of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge,  taken by David Moynahan, as well as the 2010-11 federal duck stamp featuring an American wigeon, painted by wildlife artist Robert Bealle, of Waldorf, Md.

Also popular with birding enthusiasts, conservationists and stamp collectors, waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to buy and carry a current federal duck stamp in addition to state licenses, stamps and permits. A current duck stamp also allows free admission to any refuge open to the public.

The special edition cachet can be purchased at select U.S. post offices and Bass Pro Shops, or from Amplex Corp. (the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service distributor) either online or by calling (800) 852-4897.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: This special duck-stamp envelope is being sold to help raise money for Gulf Coast wetlands. Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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