FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2013
Valerie R. Redmond, 612-713-5316
Vicki Ervin, 614-265-6325
2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition to be held at Ohio’s Maumee Bay State Park
The 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a single wood duck painted by artist Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minn. USFWS Image.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has selected Maumee Bay State Park Conference Center in Oregon, Ohio, as the site for its much anticipated Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition, which will be held on Sept. 27-28. The selection, in part, pays homage to long-time Fish and Wildlife Service employee and acclaimed wildlife artist Bob Hines, who was born in Columbus, Ohio. The designer for the 1947 Duck Stamp, Hines also worked for the Ohio Division of Wildlife as a staff artist for many years.
“I am thrilled that the Midwest Region has again been selected to host the Federal Duck Stamp Contest,” said Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “The Midwest has large conservation and art communities. The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is an opportunity to celebrate and honor both traditions.”
“The quality marshes and wetlands along the shores of Lake Erie make the committee’s choice of Northwest Ohio a great venue for the Federal Duck Stamp Contest,” said Scott Zody, Chief, ODNR Division of Wildlife. “In addition to great natural resources, the region boasts some of the most dedicated and passionate waterfowl conservationists in the Midwest.”
The Maumee Bay State Park Conference Center, located at 1750 State Park Road #2 in Oregon, Ohio, is an ODNR facility that features a boardwalk and a nature center, among other amenities. Its selection is fitting because of its close proximity to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 15 miles away on the shore of Lake Erie. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge was established in 1961 to provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species.
Also noteworthy is the gallery that bears Hines’ name in the refuge’s visitor center. It features an interpretive panel on Hines and a permanent exhibit of one of his paintings.
The Fish and Wildlife Service has a rich history of waterfowl conservation. The Federal Duck Stamp, heralded as one of the world’s most successful conservation programs, is a testament to that success. Hunters, bird watchers and other outdoor recreationists, art and stamp collectors, and many other people who want to invest in wetland conservation buy Federal Duck Stamps. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar invested in the stamp permanently conserves wildlife habitat for future generations.
Proceeds from the sale of Duck Stamps are used to buy or lease wetlands and associated upland habitats for inclusion in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The stamp is a required purchase for hunters 16 years of age or older, and a current Federal Duck Stamp provides free admission into any national wildlife refuge.
“It’s a small investment that brings American families long-term recreational and conservation returns,” said Melius.
The Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest is the only legislatively mandated federal art competition in the nation. Thousands of wildlife artists have entered since the first open competition in 1949. A panel of art, waterfowl and philatelic authorities judges the art and selects the work for the next stamp. Judging will take place over a two-day period and is free and open to the public. The contest will also be streamed live on the Web.
This year’s winning design will be featured as the 2014-2015 Duck Stamp, which is formally known as the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. For more information about the Duck Stamp Program or to view images of previous winners, visit: http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps
To make reservations, and view images and a video of the host site, visit: http://www.maumeebaystateparklodge.com/
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