Applications for Wisconsin waterfowl stamp funds —  available to nonprofit conservation organizations and units of government focused on habitat conservation activities that will benefit waterfowl — are due by March 8. 

Funding for successful applicants will be available during the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 2020 and ’21 fiscal years beginning July 1.

“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% 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.

For eligibility information and criteria, application guidance and funding priorities, visit dnr.wi.gov.