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REGION 8: Federal and Junior Duck Stamps on Sale June 26
California-Nevada Offices , June 26, 2009
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Artist Joshua Spies (left)of Watertown, South Dakota stands Paul Schmidt, FWS Migratory Bird Chief, and Dale Hall, FWS Director during the Federal Duck Stamp contest last year in Bloomington, Minn. (photo: Scott Flaherty)
Artist Joshua Spies (left)of Watertown, South Dakota stands Paul Schmidt, FWS Migratory Bird Chief, and Dale Hall, FWS Director during the Federal Duck Stamp contest last year in Bloomington, Minn. (photo: Scott Flaherty) - Photo Credit: n/a
Long-tailed duck by Joshua Spies.
Long-tailed duck by Joshua Spies. - Photo Credit: n/a

by Scott Flaherty, External Affairs

California philatelists, waterfowl hunters, birders and fans of wildlife conservation will be able to buy the new 2009-2010 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp during special First Day of Sale events at Bass Pro Shops in Manteca, Calif., and Rancho Cucamunga, Calif., Friday, June 26.   In partnership with The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shop will host First Day of Sale events at 18 stores nationwide. First Day cancellations of the stamp will be available at all stores hosting an event, along with other collectibles.

 

The 2009-2010 Federal Duck Stamp features a long-tail duck and decoy painted by wildlife artist Joshua Spies of Watertown, South Dakota.  Last fall, a panel of five judges chose Spies’ art to grace the new Duck Stamp from among 270 paintings at the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest in Bloomington, Minnesota. The new Junior Duck Stamp, featuring a single wood duck, was created by Lily Spang, a 16-year-old from Toledo, Ohio.

 

"In 1934, an innovative partnership between waterfowl hunters and the federal government created the Federal Duck Stamp Program to help provide funds for waterfowl conservation,” said Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rowan Gould. “A lot has changed since that time, but this mainstay program continues to succeed thanks to many dedicated and valued partners – from hunters to stamp collectors to conservationists, the U.S. Postal Service and private corporations such as Bass Pro.”

 

All waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry a current Federal Duck Stamp, but conservationists, birders, stamp collectors and others also buy the stamp and support habitat conservation. Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from the $15 Duck Stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports wetlands acquisition for the Refuge System.

Since 1934, Federal Duck Stamp sales have raised more than $700 million to acquire and protect more than 5.2 million acres of wetlands, including habitat on hundreds of the 548 national wildlife refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories. A current Duck Stamp is also good for free admission to any refuge open to the public. Refuges offer unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, bird watching and photography.

 

Federal Duck Stamps can also be purchased from the U.S. Postal Service and other vendors. Click here for more information.


Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov



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