Baton Rouge 2008 Federal Duck Stamp Finalist
BATON ROUGE, LA, October 15, 2008 – A Baton Rouge resident, Kenneth (Ken) Altazan, has been named a finalist in the 2008 Federal Duck Stamp competition.
Ken is an avid duck hunter, a member of Ducks Unlimited, and obviously an artist. This is the second time that Ken has become a finalist in the Federal Ducks Stamp competition.
For the first time in its history, the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest will be held in the Midwest. Run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the contest will take place October 17 and 18, 2008 in Bloomington, Minnesota at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 Old Skakopee Road. During the only federally sponsored art competition, a panel of 5 judges will select the art to grace the 2009-2010 Federal Duck Stamp.
Ninety-eight cents of every dollar generated by the sales of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland specifically targets vital breeding habitat within the National Wildlife Refuge System. When you buy a Duck Stamp, you are doing your part to help ensure a bright future for wildlife, waterfowl and other migratory birds. Service Director Dale Hall. “Buying a Duck Stamp is easy and yields a great return on your investment- helping to protect irreplaceable migratory bird habitat.”
In addition to producing most of our nation’s duck populations, Prairie Pothole lands acquired with Duck Stamp dollars are home to many other birds, including pelicans, herons, rails, gulls and wrens, to name a few. Obviously, the Duck Stamp Program, which was created by hunters in 1934 to preserve wetlands, benefits more than just ducks.
Artist: Kenneth Altazan