Duck Stamps and Bluebills

In late June the US Postal Service started selling 2021 “duck stamps.” Duck stamps – officially, Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps – were first issued in 1934 for the purpose of protecting wetlands that are the habitat of migratory waterfowl. Hunters are required to buy a stamp to hunt ducks, geese, and other…

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Wading into the Conservation 30-30 Plan

Over the past few months the new administration has started to spell out its promised conservation plan. First, with President Biden’s Executive Order 14008 and then with last week’s release of the more detailed Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful report. The plan embodied in these releases has been labeled “30-30” because of the goal…

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Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron

By William Stafford Out of their loneliness for each othertwo reeds, or maybe two shadows, lurchforward and become suddenly a lifelifted from dawn or the rain.  It isthe wilderness come back again, a lagoonwith our city reflected in its eye.We live by faith in such presences. It is a test for us, that thinbut real, undulating…

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