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.
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.
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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