Ducks: one of Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling’s favorite subjects. Although an avid sportsman himself, Darling expressed in this cartoon his concern for the overhunting of ducks, which led to his creation of the Federal Duck Stamp program in 1934. Titled “The way the world must look to a duck,” the cartoon, published on April 15, 1909, recognized the need to create legislation and refuge habitat to protect migrating birds. Considered prophetic in his time about issues that would affect our nation and the world, Darling later laid the foundation, as chief of the precursor to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, for the national wildlife refuge system, which today oversees more than 560 refuges.
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