Federal Duck Stamp Contest is This Weekend

This upcoming weekend, September 19 & 20 is the judging of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. This event is free and open to the public, so everyone has a chance to see the amazing artwork that has been submitted. The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is the oldest and most prestigious wildlife art competition in the United States.  If you are not able to attend, you can watch the judging online or see the artwork in this flickr gallery.

The very first Duck Stamp was designed by J.N. “Ding” Darling in 1934, although the contest did not begin until 1949. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sponsored stamp-design contest featuring wildlife artists from across the country is the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government. The winning art is then used on the following year’s stamp.

The winning artwork for the 2014 contest.
The winning artwork for the 2014 contest.

The 2014-2015 winning art was done by Adam Grimm, of Burbank, South Dakota. His oil painting of a pair of Canvasbacks was judged as the best of 201 entries. Each year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service chooses five species for artists to choose from that may be painted. The species in 2013 were: blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, and Canvasback. The 2014 species are: Brant, Canada Goose, Northern Shoveler, Red-breasted Merganser, and Ruddy Duck.

The Federal Duck Stamp is one of the most important and most efficient tools for wildlife conservation. Since it’s introduction in 1934, Duck Stamp sales have generated more than $800 million which has been used to purchase or lease over 6 million acres of wetland habitat in the United States.

Waterfowl receive enormous benefits from the stamp, but they are not alone. Countless other bird, mammal, fish, reptile, and amphibian species that rely on wetlands have also prospered due to the acreage obtained. In addition, an estimated one third of the nation’s endangered and threatened species find food or shelter in refuges established using Federal Duck Stamp dollars.

To purchase a Duck Stamp, simply visit your local post office, or purchase one online. They can also be purchased at many national wildlife refuges, sporting goods stores, and outdoors stores.

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  1. Pamela Mangelsdorf says:

    Where could I find information about the 2015 contest?

    1. National Wildlife Refuge Association says:

      Hi Pamela!

      You can find information about the 2015 contest here: http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/federal/federal.htm

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