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August 17, 2010

MADISON -The public is invited to view an estimated 50 pieces of original wildlife art submitted to the 2011 Wisconsin, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamp Design Contests at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin, on Saturday, August 28, from 3 to 5 p.m.

"This is the first time in the history of Wisconsin's three wildlife stamp programs that the contests are being held at the same time," said Tom Hauge, director of the DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management. "A judging panel comprised of experts on the biology and management of wild turkeys, pheasants, and waterfowl, and wildlife ecology will pick the winners."

Those attending the event will have the opportunity to view wildlife artwork by artists from across the state and will get a "sneak peek" of the winning designs for the 2011 Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl stamps.

Judging will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by the public viewing from 3 to 5 p.m.

The venue, Baraboo's Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, was chosen as a unique setting in which to celebrate the contributions of wildlife art to habitat conservation. The 1,500-acre Leopold Memorial Reserve illustrates some of the earliest attempts at habitat restoration in Wisconsin and will serve as the perfect backdrop for the judging of the stamp design contests.

For directions to the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, please visit the Center's website at [] (exit DNR). For more information on Wisconsin's wildlife stamp design contests, contact either Krista McGinley, assistant upland wildlife ecologist [(608) 264-8963;], or Michele Kille, assistant wetland specialist [(608) 266-7408;].

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista McGinley (608) 264-8963

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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