Birders can help contribute to Ohio conservation efforts

Mike MooreOak Harbor, Ohio – Neo-tropical migrating birds, and the bird watchers interested in viewing them, will flock to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and the surrounding Lake Erie Marsh Region in the month of May, according to the Ohio DNR.

The Lake Erie Marsh Region attracts some of the highest concentrations of migrating warblers, among other species, in North America, and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area provides people with the opportunity to view them. The DNR Division of Wildlife encourages and welcomes people from Ohio and abroad to enjoy one of Ohio’s great natural resources.

These habitats and opportunities are enhanced through user support. The ODNR Division of Wildlife is primarily funded by hunters and anglers through the sale of licenses and stamps, and receives no general revenue tax dollars. Birders and other wildlife enthusiasts can help contribute to the DNR Division of Wildlife through the purchase of the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp and the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp.

The Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp costs $15. Funds generated from stamp sales are utilized for wetland habitat conservation in Ohio and abroad. Sixty percent of funds are used for land acquisition, development, management, and preservation of waterfowl areas within the state. The remaining 40 percent is used for contribution by the DNR Division of Wildlife to an appropriate nonprofit organization for the acquisition, development, management, or preservation of lands and waters within the United States or Canada for migration area habitat. Since its inception in 1982, countless species of waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, songbirds, and various amphibians, reptiles and mammals have benefited from the nearly $10 million generated by the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp. The majority of the funding for wetland restoration and management at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area has been derived from Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp funds.

The Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp also costs $15. The sale of the stamp benefits the nongame and endangered wildlife fund. This fund can be used for purchase and acquisition of lands, funding biological surveys, producing educational materials, habitat development and to promote and develop non-consumptive wildlife recreational opportunities, such as the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area boardwalk.

Customers can purchase the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp and the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp online at wildohio.com.

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