The Duck Stamp Legacy Returns to the Midwest this September
By Ashley Spratt
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Every fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosts the most prestigious federal art contest in the nation. It’s called the Federal Duck Stamp Contest and this year the conservation legacy returns to the Midwest
In proud partnership with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, the FWS Midwest Region is honored to host the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, September 27-28, at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, Ohio.
Wildlife artists, hunters, birders and conservationists in the Midwest hold a long-standing place in the history of the Federal Duck Stamp Program. In fact, more than 20 Federal Duck Stamp artists have been from states in the Midwest, and three have been Ohio natives.
As part of this year’s contest activities, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will honor the conservation legacy of one of those individuals - wildlife artist and Ohio native Bob Hines – through the dedication of the Bob Hines Refuge Ranger Station. The designer for the 1947 Duck Stamp, Hines also dedicated his career to natural resources conservation, working for both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
Thanks to continued public support for the Federal Duck Stamp Program, more than 6.5 million acres of wetlands and wildlife habitat have been acquired or protected as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. In fact, 86 percent of land managed by Ohio’s Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge was purchased through Duck Stamp dollars. Buying a Duck Stamp is a simple way to put your stamp on conservation, so don’t forget to buy yours today from your local post office, sporting goods store, national wildlife refuge, or online.
To learn more about the conservation legacy of Bob Hines and this year’s contest, visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/2013duckstamp