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Conserving the Nature of America
Female and male redhead ducks float in rolling water as more ducks fly overhead in cloudy skies. In the distance is a small motorboat with three or four people aboard.
The winning 2022-2023 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a pair of redheads floating in the water painted by Minnesota artist James Hautman. Credit: ©USFWS

Minnesota Artist James Hautman Wins 2021 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest 

September 26, 2021

After two days of competition, James Hautman of Chaska, Minnesota, emerged as the winner of the 2021 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with his painting of a pair of redheads floating in the water. The announcement was made via live stream at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Hautman’s acrylic painting will be made into the 2022-2023 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp. Since 1934, sales of this stamp have raised more than $1.1 billion to protect over 6 million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation.

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A boy looks back at the camera as he and his father fish from a boat near a rocky shore
Almost 36 million Americans fished in 2016, according to the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. Credit: Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

Public Lands, Outdoor Recreation Need Your Support

September 24, 2021

Saturday abounds with ways to indulge your love of public lands and the recreational opportunities available on them. It’s National Public Lands Day—celebrating the vital connection between people and nature. People nationwide volunteer for outdoor cleanups and repairs on national wildlife refuges and other green spaces. It is also National Hunting and Fishing Day, a day to celebrate hunters and anglers for their conservation efforts.

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Two ducks with distinctive red head, black throat, and white underside fly over grassland at refuge
Migratory bird species like the redhead will benefit from wetland conservation projects funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Interior Department Announces Nearly $111 Million in Funding for Wetland Conservation Projects and National Wildlife Refuges

September 22, 2021

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, approved $34 million in grants, which will provide the Service and its partners the ability to help conserve or restore nearly 177,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across 20 states. The grants, made through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, will be matched by nearly $74 million in partner funds. The Commission also approved $3.1 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve waterfowl habitat on national wildlife refuges in three states .

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