Washington, D.C. — You don’t even have to go to your
local sporting goods store to buy a duck
stamp, now that agencies in Wisconsin and Minnesota are selling them electronically.
The new three-year program, also initiated in seven other states, aims
to make it easier for hunters, birders
and stamp collectors to get stamps.
Customers can buy an electronic duck
stamp on the internet or by telephone,
as well as through post offices and sporting goods stores. They
receive a proof of purchase that works like a duck stamp for 45
days, long enough for the real stamp to arrive in the mail. Duck
stamps are required for duck hunting and for access to some National
Since the program began in 1934, more than
$700 million has been raised for the purchase
of wetlands and other waterfowl habitat. duck
• A Watershed and Wetland Protection Information Kit is available
at the website of the Center for
Watershed Protection. The guidebooks,
brochures and manuals in the kit include a User’s Guide to
Stream Assessment and Smart Watershed Benchmarking Tools, among
other practical tools.
• The Peterson Ornithological Collection at Western Illinois
University in Macomb, Ill., was opened to the public in October.
The collection includes 1,000 rare ornithological books, periodicals
and records dating back to 1886. The collection was a gift of well-known
bird scholar and birder Peter Peterson before his death in 1997.
• The Army Corps of Engineers has released a 2007 edition
of the Mississippi River Flood Control
and Navigation Maps, which was last published
in 1998. The book contains 111 maps, covering
the river from Cairo, Ill., to the Gulf
of Mexico, and a lot of information about
landings, access points and facilities.
The book costs $22 and is also available
on CD, through the Corps’ New
Orleans District and Memphis District websites.
You can also download PDFs from the website.
New EcoPark & Zoo
La Crosse, Wis. — With $4.8 million in funding, La Crosse’s
old Myrick Park Zoo will be renovated and transformed into an environmental
education center that will serve as the main entrance to a 1,100-acre
wetland and 800-acre forest. The new Myrick
Hixon EcoPark and Zoo is scheduled to open in 2008.
Visions of the ecopark are based on Myrick
Park’s location on the La Crosse River Marsh, which bisects
the town, and its proximity to Hixon Forest Nature Center, along
the bluffs. Both facilities needed updating, so instead of competing
for funds, they joined forces.
Plans include displaying animals that are
native to northern North America; creating an energy-efficient
building that will be a model of conservation and native landscaping;
adding a nocturnal-animal building and a modern aquarium; and providing
environmental education to adults and children.
Seven La Crosse-area Rotary Clubs are helping
to raise funds for the project.