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A swimming duck in the late afternoon emerges from among reeds
2021-2022 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a single lesser scaup drake painted by Delaware artist Richard Clifton. Credit: © USFWS

Delaware Artist Richard Clifton Wins 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest!

September 26, 2020
After two days of competition, Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware, emerged as the winner of the 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with his painting of a single lesser scaup drake. The announcement was made via live stream at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Clifton’s acrylic painting will be made into the 2021-2022 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp. Since 1934, sales of this stamp have raised more than $1 billion to protect over six million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation.
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Red-Cockaded Woodpecker holds insect in its mouth while attached to a tree.
Unlike other woodpeckers, red-cockaded woodpeckers dig their cavities in living pines, including longleaf, shortleaf, loblolly and slash. Their habitat stretches from Virginia to Florida and from Texas and Oklahoma. Credit: USFWS

Half Century of Conservation Prompts Proposed Downlisting of Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

September 25, 2020
With significant commitments from public and private landowners in place, the Service is proposing to downlist the red-cockaded woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) from endangered to threatened. Thanks to ESA-inspired partnerships across its range, woodpecker populations are stable and increasing and adequate protections are in place for its continued recovery.
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A scout group (pre-pandemic) pulls garlic mustard at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana.
A scout group (pre-pandemic) pulls garlic mustard at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana. Credit: D. Stanley/USFWS

Visiting Public Lands Has Special Meaning Saturday

September 25, 2020
Saturday is both National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day, and visiting your public lands is a great way to celebrate. National Public Lands Day invites you to take a moment and make your lands better. There are also plenty of virtual events to enjoy. National Hunting and Fishing Day honors sportsmen and – women for their support of conservation.
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