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