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Ducks Unlimited live streaming 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Competition

DU hosting contest celebration reception Oct. 28

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 24, 2011 - The 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va., on Oct. 28 and 29, and Ducks Unlimited will provide waterfowl enthusiasts an opportunity to view the contest live.  Ducks Unlimited is offering a live-video feed of the 2012-2013 contest at http://www.ducks.org/duckstamp  and is hosting a celebration reception on Friday, Oct. 28.

"The federal duck stamp competition highlights the best waterfowl artists in the United States, and the annual revenue from duck stamp sales is crucial to conserving waterfowl habitat," DU CEO Dale Hall says. "We look forward to celebrating the contest Friday evening at the reception and hope that everyone enjoys watching the contest live on the DU website."

The federal duck stamp is a vital tool for wetland conservation, with 98 cents of every dollar generated going to purchase or lease wetland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since the stamp's inception, revenue from stamp sales has been used to acquire nearly 6 million acres of wildlife habitat at hundreds of refuges in nearly every state.

Stressing the federal duck stamp's importance, DU recently encouraged supporters to "double up for the ducks" by buying two duck stamps this year.  DU also supports an increase in the stamp's cost from $15 to $25 to ensure that the investment hunters have made to protect waterfowl habitat over the last 77 years is sustained into the future.

"The federal duck stamp represents the commitment of America's hunters to wildlife and habitat conservation and DU is proud to play a role in the promotion of this proven and time-honored conservation program," Hall says. "This annual contest and the beautiful stamps created by these talented artists are unique and highlight wildlife art's important but often overlooked role in conservation."

Hosted by DU, the Federal Duck Stamp Reception will take place 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (EDT) at the National Conservation Training Center on Oct. 28 and serves as a celebration of the contest and the program's accomplishments.  Duck stamp artwork will be on display in the museum prior to the reception from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The reception is sponsored by Kent Cartridge Company and Chesapeake Energy.

For reception ticket information, visit http://www.ducks.org/west-virginia/events/26116/federal-duck-stamp-reception
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

Chris Jennings                           901-758-3732                cjennings@ducks.org


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