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Memphis Hosts Duck Stamp Art Contest
-- First Time Ever Outside D.C. --

 

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 1, 2005

Contacts: Kyla Hastie, 404-679-7125
Nicholas Throckmorton, 202-208-5636




WHO:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

WHAT:

The 2005 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest

WHERE:

Memphis College of Arts
1930 Poplar Ave , Overton Park ,
Memphis , TN 38104
Telephone: 901-272-5100

WHEN:

Sunday, September 11, 1:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m. Family Day - Art Open to viewing
Monday and Tuesday,
September 12 and 13, 8:30 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. Artwork open to viewing
Wednesday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Opening remarks at 10, judging at 10:20
Thursday, September 15 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Judging continues
Noon Final round of judging begins.
1:00 p.m. Winner has traditionally been announced by Interior Secretary Gale Norton.

WHY:

The contest features 231 waterfowl paintings by artists from around the country. A panel of five judges will select one painting as the design for the 2005-2006 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or “Duck Stamp.” Proceeds from stamp sales are used for acquiring wetland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. One of the easiest and most effective ways to contribute to wildlife conservation, the Federal Duck Stamp is sold for $15 at U.S. post offices and national wildlife refuges nationwide, as well as many sporting goods stores, K-Mart, and Wal-Mart. Duck Stamps are a required purchase for all waterfowl hunters age 16 and older, and many others, such as stamp collectors and wildlife enthusiasts, purchase a Duck Stamp each year. Since its inception 72 years ago, the Duck Stamp Program has raised more than half a billion dollars to help acquire more than 5 million acres of habitat. This is the first time the contest has been held outside of Washington D.C.

The contest is free and open to the public at the times listed above.

Note: After the contest, lists of contest entrants from each state and judges will be available at http://www.fws.gov/southeast/news


Duck Stamp Fact Sheet

Southeast Region National Wildlife Refuges and the Federal Duck Stamp


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