Isn’t it time for a Wildlife Conservation Stamp?

Stormy sky over Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife RefugeStormy sky over Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Montana

I am a bird, nature and wildlife photographer. I am a nature lover, a citizen scientist, and a lover of the great outdoors. I am fascinated by insects, vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, topography, geology and the unique environments I see and travel to. I am a star watcher. I am a hunter of knowledge about our natural world and a conservationist. I am an advocate who wants to protect the wildlife habitats that the National Wildlife Refuge system contains.

Welcome to Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife RefugeWelcome to Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Montana

I am also a non-consumptive user of the National Wildlife Refuge system who supports the creation of a Wildlife Conservation Stamp which could provide a revenue stream for the National Wildlife Refuges to preserve and protect the existing 560 wildlife refuges and promote the creation of more.

Short-eared Owl at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife RefugeShort-eared Owl at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

A 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service counted 71.1 million wildlife watchers in the U.S., and 13.7 million hunters, wildlife watchers and non-consumptive users are increasing whereas the number of hunters are decreasing. The Duck Stamp program can only do so much to provide revenue for the National Wildlife Refuge system and the creation of a Wildlife Refuge Stamp could provide a parallel revenue stream that is needed during this time of budget cuts and austerity.

Pronghorn buck at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife RefugePronghorn buck at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

If only a quarter of the 71.1 million wildlife watchers in the U.S. spent $20.00 on a Wildlife Conservation Stamp that could provide a revenue of $568 million dollars. $55 billion dollars each year is spent by wildlife watchers in pursuit of wildlife activities and that is a great benefit to local economies.

Elephant's Head at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife RefugeElephant’s Head at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

I am a supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Stamp which could create a community of wildlife watchers, birders, nature photographers, artists and the nature loving general population who share a commitment and passion for wildlife and who want to be proactive in protecting, preserving and maintaining the National Wildlife Refuge System today and for the future for everyone.

Juvenile Swainson's Hawk at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife RefugeJuvenile Swainson’s Hawk at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Many refuges today do not have adequate funds for operational costs that involve maintenance and administration or educational programs. Without adequate funding programs that reduce invasive species suffer, habitats are not restored or maintained, illegal activities such as poaching rise with less staff to go out into the field and wildlife suffers.

Fish Springs National Wildlife RefugeFish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, Utah

I do not know why it has taken so long for a Wildlife Conservation Stamp to be created. Isn’t it time? Right now when funding cuts are hitting the refuges hard?

Fish Springs National Wildlife RefugeFish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, Utah

The future of our Wildlife Refuges depend on all of us whether we are hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers, birders, nature photographers or nature lovers. A Wildlife Conservation Stamp and the additional revenues could help to save them.

Adult Bald Eagle at Bear River National Wildlife RefugeAdult Bald Eagle at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge

Ask birders, photographers, wildlife photographers and wildlife watchers if they think spending $20.00 on a Wildlife Conservation Stamp is too much to help our National Wildlife Refuges and I’m certain that the majority would open their wallets so they can be counted and so their voices can be heard.

Federal Wildlife Conservation Stamp

Please visit the website for the creation of the Federal Wildlife Conservation Stamp at http://wildlifeconservationstamp.org/the-proposal for more information. If you support the Wildlife Conservation Stamp please leave a comment or send in your bio to the email address on the “About Us” page.

This is a win/win proposal for the National Wildlife Refuge System and for everyone who visits them. For every person who is concerned about the future of out National Wildlife Refuges and for every organization who supports conservation of our public lands and the nation’s wildlife.

Mia

* Think about it, the cost of a Wildlife Conservation Stamp is usually less than the cost of a fast food lunch for a family of four.

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.

24 Comments

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  2. What is the progress on this proposal? What can we do to make this a reality? I would definitely buy a conservation stamp.

  3. Really love the shot of the eagle perched in front of the beauty America has to offer.

  4. Humming Bird lover

    Hi! Your Blog today said it all! We all should have a print of it to pass on to other lovers of all life , birds, animals and tree’s and flowers and all living things. Thank you for writing it!
    Keep up your great work and photo’s.

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  6. hi mia
    it s a really good presentation done for wildlife helping, the stamps project is a good project.
    i understand and support you completly in your action.
    Here, i m in a birdwatcher association with different activities to do for wildlife protection, discovery and learning for the public.
    It s a good expérience to do action for wildlife protection, many people are happy to listen that, but to take time to do actions by them self or to give some monney to help a assocation to protect a wildlife area is something else.
    As if they don’t realise the importance to act for it.
    But it s important to continue on this way, the photographie alone is not all, but to share that kind of stories give a sense to show wildlife pictures. keep going on.
    thanks mia

    • Eric,

      Helping wildlife is a great thing whether through volunteering at rehabs, in the refuges, through educational programs, friends groups and bird watching associations.

      Education is key in helping people to understand the delicate balances between nature and man and there are so many of us nature lovers now that if we can help one person learn that makes us even stronger.

      Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment Eric.

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  8. It would be wonderful if they did create a stamp and did use some of your photographs. I agree with Merrill Ann that your photos are magnificent. I love the first owl — he looks almost like a Japanese woodcut. Really beautiful! Lynn

  9. These would be gorgeous stamps. So many of your photos would!

  10. Hi Mia, Beautiful photos as always, love your work! Stamps are a great idea. I’d buy 2. But, if this becomes an excuse for budget cuts made by politicians, then it will accomplish little. Also, some refuges allow not only hunting and trapping, but farming, ranching or extractive resources. So, therefore sometimes the name “refuge” is an inappropriate use of the word. Looking forward to the rest of the comments on this topic.
    Yours,M.

  11. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Dear Mia, I certainly hope they intend to use some of your magnificent photography. You manage to impart such vitality in every shot it could only be a plus all around.

  12. Each one there deserved to be on the wildlife stamps.

  13. Beautiful post Mia. Hopefully, I will be joining the team soon too, to see how can I help make this a reality.

  14. I totally agree Mia ,thank you for the links and once again for sharing your wonderful photography !

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