Contact(s): Nick Schultz, 715-346-2490, Nick.Schultz@uwsp.edu; Sawyer Briel, DNR policy and communication coordinator, 608-261-0751, firstname.lastname@example.org; Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov
MADISON - Anyone with an interest in art, stamp collecting, hunting, migratory birds, decoy carving or wetland conservation is encouraged to attend the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Sept. 15-16 in Stevens Point.
Public art viewing and contest judging will take place in the Noel Fine Arts Center on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus, with doors opening to the public at 9 a.m. on each day. A schedule of events, which includes many activities for the whole family, can be found on the Duck Stamp Contest website (all links in this news release exit DNR).
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will host this premier event in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A panel of five judges will determine this year's contest winner, which will appear on the 2018-19 Federal Duck Stamp.
The top three entries from each category of the 2018 Wisconsin Wildlife Stamp groups (waterfowl, turkey and pheasant) will be on display at a Department of Natural Resources display at the event. DNR staff will also be present to share information about how people can support the State Wildlife Stamp programs, and the habitat projects they support.
All waterfowl hunters age 16 and older must purchase and carry a Federal Duck Stamp. In addition to hunters, many conservationists, artists, collectors, bird watchers and other outdoor recreationists also buy the stamps to support wildlife conservation.
To date, Duck Stamp sales have raised more than $950 million, which has been used to protect nearly six million acres for birds and other wildlife. The Duck Stamp is considered one of the most successful conservation programs ever initiated and is a highly effective way to conserve America's natural resources. For every dollar spent on Duck Stamps, 98 cents go towards acquiring vital habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.
Wisconsin is a major contributor to Duck Stamp revenue and ranks in the top five for number of waterfowl hunters across the country. Over the years, the program has had a significant impact in Wisconsin, helping to protect the following areas:
You can learn more about the history of the Federal Duck Stamp as well as how to purchase stamps.