It's that time of year again. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Federal Duck Stamp Contest
is coming up Oct. 15 and 16 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Calif., marking the first time the contest has been held on the West Coast.
The contest is open to the public and judging will take place over two days, as a panel of experts in art, waterfowl identification and philately will decide which painting will become the 2011-2012 federal duck stamp. Only five species of waterfowl are allowed each year for consideration in the contest. Eligible species for artists to render in 2010 include the brant, northern shoveler, ruddy duck, Canada goose and greater white-fronted goose.
Every U.S. state has at least one national wildlife refuge that has benefited from duck stamp sales. More than 5.3 million total acres in the National Wildlife Refuge System have been protected using duck stamp dollars.
"This contest always proves to be an outstanding blending of artistic talent with the spirit of wildlife conservation," said Scott Sutherland, director of DU's Governmental Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. "The proceeds from federal duck stamp sales translate into conserved, protected and/or restored waterfowl production areas and national wildlife refuges across the country. Every outdoor enthusiast, from the waterfowl hunter to the occasional hiker, benefits from the federal duck stamp, and we urge everyone to purchase one or more."
Learn more about DU's celebration of Duck Stamp Week