Happy Duck Stamp Day


On this day in 1934 the US adopted the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act, commonly known as the Duck Stamp Act. Hunters are required to buy a stamp before bagging migratory birds like ducks and geese, with the proceeds earmarked for habitat preservation. The stamps themselves are so beautifully done that many non-hunters buy and display them as art. We won’t be hunting them, but here are a few quotes on Birds.

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
– Henry David Thoreau, 1817 – 1862
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
– Henry Van Dyke, 1852 – 1933
Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind – listen to the birds. And don’t hate nobody.
– Eubie James Herbert Blake, 1883 – 1983
The eagle suffers little birds to sing,
And is not careful what they mean thereby.

– William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
– Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1890 – 1995
Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
– Victor Hugo, 1802 – 1885

From Quotes of the Day

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