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August 23, 2011

MADISON - The public is invited to view an exhibit of original wildlife art submitted for the 2012 Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamp Design Contests at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The contest event will take place on Saturday, August 27, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

"For the second year, Wisconsin's three wildlife stamp contests are being held at the same time," said Scott Walter, Department of Natural Resources upland wildlife ecologist. "We've assembled a great judging panel this year, comprised of some of Wisconsin's finest experts in wildlife ecology and the biology and management of wild turkeys, pheasants, and waterfowl."

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 2012 wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamps.

The event space will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with the exception of the block of time set aside for judging from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to use this time to explore the many exciting features the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center has to offer.

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, please visit the Center's website at [] [exit DNR].

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Krista McGinley, wildlife stamp coordinator: (608) 264-8963

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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