This time of year is relished by many who participate in the annual tradition of legally hunting game bird species, like turkey, quail, and ducks.  Even if you are not a hunter, and instead enjoying viewing birds only, it is important to understand the contributions the hunting community makes to bird conservation. Non-profit organizations like Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants/Quail Forever, and the North American Grouse Partnership have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to wildlife habitat conservation efforts that benefit not only game birds but also many other species of native birds.  In addition, hunters contribute significant financial resources to wildlife management/restoration and habitat acquisition/improvement through hunting equipment excise taxes, licenses and stamps, including the annual Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp or Federal Duck Stamp.  As a bird watcher, you too can and should purchase this stamp to support bird conservation; see how at


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