This year’s USFWS Federal Duck Stamp Contest will be held at the Olmstead Center, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa on Sept. 15 and 16, 2023. Those interested can view days one and two of the competition live on YouTube.

A panel of five accomplished waterfowl, art and stamp authorities will judge the competition. One of this year’s judges is Ducks Unlimited’s Chief Conservation Officer Dr. Karen Waldrop.

The eligible species for this year’s duck stamp art competition are:

  • Snow Goose
  • American Black Duck
  • Northern Pintail
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Harlequin Duck

There are plenty of activities throughout the weekend for waterfowl lovers of all ages, including the showing of “Wings Over Water,” a new film produced with the support of Ducks Unlimited.

Since its inception nearly 90 years ago, 98% of the purchase price of each duck stamp has gone directly to help acquire and protect wetland habitat. The stamps cost $25 and raise about $40 million for conservation yearly.

Since wetlands provide habitat for a variety of species, including threatened and endangered plants and animals, and provide clean water, mitigate flooding and reduce the effects of soil erosion, a Federal Duck Stamp purchase allows everyone to aid in conservation.

Click here to learn about Sam Soholt’s hike to raise $100,000 in duck stamps this September.

Media Contact:
Nathan Ratchford, Conservation Communications Coordinator