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June 22, 2010
Service Announces First Day of Sale for 2010-2011 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps
New Stamp Features Art by Maryland Artist Robert Bealle
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host the First Day of Sale for the 2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp on June 25 at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World retail store at the Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, Maryland. Doors open at 9:00 a.m., and the ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The 2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp features an American wigeon painted by wildlife artist Robert Bealle, of Waldorf, Maryland. Last fall, a panel of five judges chose Bealle’s art to grace the new Duck Stamp from among 224 paintings at the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland.
Bealle, a lifelong resident of southern Maryland, initially gained recognition as a wildlife artist after placing second in the 1983 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. Before winning the Federal Duck Stamp Contest in 2009, he also won three Maryland Duck Stamp Contests (1994, 2003 and 2008).
Rui Huang, an 18-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, created the new Junior Duck Stamp, featuring a hooded merganser. Huang’s art was chosen from among 51 Best-of Show winners from every state and the District of Columbia at the National Junior Duck Stamp, held last April at the Minnesota Science Museum in St. Paul.
Bealle and Huang will both be on hand at the June 25 ceremony. Other participants are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Assistant Director for Migratory Birds Paul Schmidt; Martin MacDonald, director of conservation for Bass Pro Shops; and Mike Matousek of the U.S. Postal Service. After a formal ceremony and the sale of the first stamps, the artists and other event participants will be available for autographs, interviews and photo opportunities.
The Bass Pro Shops retail store in Rancho Cucamonga, California, is also planning a special event on June 25 to celebrate the First Day of Sale for the Federal Duck Stamp. For more information on Bass Pro Shops retail stores, visit http://www.basspro.com/.
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 National Wildlife Refuge System.
Since 1934, Federal Duck Stamp sales have raised more than $750 million to acquire and protect more than 5.3 million acres of wetlands, including habitat on hundreds of the 552 National Wildlife Refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Learn more about the Federal Duck Stamp Program online at http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/.
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.
The 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest will be held October 15-16 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic arts curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sells the Junior Duck Stamp for $5 to stamp collectors, conservationists and the general public. All of the proceeds from Junior Duck Stamp sales are used to support environmental education efforts and awards for contest winners. Visit the Junior Duck Stamp Program Web site at http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ to learn more.
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