A little background on the importance of Duck hunters. Funds from State and Federal Duck stamps hunters are required to buy fund wetland and nesting habitats from Alaska and Canada all the way down into Mexico.
California Fish and Game Department director Pete Bontadelli came up with a plan to issue passes to bird watchers who frequent the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge. He created special viewing areas throughout the refuge that only folks with that pass could go. The thinking was this would be a way for birdwatchers to help pay the considerable costs of maintaining the refuge. The State of California spent one million dollars in setting up this program. What happened was virtually no bird watchers bought the passes and the State lost one million dollars. So next time you think about waterfowl, remember it it is the Duck hunters that pay the bills to maintain the refuges and land acquisitions to protect their habitat from Alaska to Mexico. Of their are thousands of species besides waterfowl that take full advantage of there complex habitats.
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