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August 21, 2012

MADISON - The public is invited to view original wildlife art submitted for the 2013 Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamp Design Contests at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The contest and exhibit will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

"For the third year, Wisconsin's three wildlife stamp contests are being held at the same time," said Krista McGinley, Department of Natural Resources assistant upland wildlife ecologist.

"We have nearly 50 beautiful entries representing a wide range of styles. Wildlife lovers will enjoy the chance to see the artwork and get a sneak peak at what the final stamp design will be before it's released to the public."

McGinley says DNR has 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 2013 Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamps.

The event space will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with the exception of the block of time set aside for judging from 1 p.m. to 2 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.

The purchase of Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamps is required for hunters pursuing these species, but anyone who appreciates wildlife and wildlife art and wishes to contribute to habitat conservation can purchase the stamps at any license vendor. Collectively, these stamps raise about $1.5 million for habitat conservation in Wisconsin.

For directions to the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, please visit the Center's website [exit DNR].

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Krista McGinley, (608) 261-8458.

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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