Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Duck Stamp Contest image showing wood duck and duck stamp.

2010 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Comes to California

The Pacific Southwest Region and its conservation partners are pleased to announce the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest will be held October 15-16 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. This is the first time in the prestigous contest's 61 year history that the event has been held in the West, and for only the second time west of the Mississippi River.

“Having this prestigious contest in the heart of the urban Bay Area provides a unique opportunity to introduce new, non-traditional audiences to the importance of wetlands and wildlife conservation,” said Ren Lohoefener, Regional Director of the Service’s Pacific Southwest Region.  “Never has it been more important to conserve and restore wetland habitat, especially as we search for methods to minimize the effects of climate change, for waterfowl and the multitude of other species that depend on wetlands.”

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June 25, 2010: The Region hosted First Day of Sale events for the 2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR in Fremont, Calif., and at Cabella's in Reno, Nev. The events involved staff from Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR, Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office and Stillwater NWR (More)

Doors for the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest will open at 9 a.m. at the David Brower Center on October 15th and 16th. In addition to viewing the contest, the public attending will have an opportunity to see the art displayed, watch decoying carving, go on bird walks, participate in fun youth education activities and more. Additional activities will take place around the Bay Area and Region. Download a PDF of the Schedule of Events here. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. Become a fan of the contest and follow us on Facebook !

the Contest

  • The Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is the only art competition of its kind sponsored by the federal government. Since the first open contest in 1949, thousands of wildlife artists from throughout the nation have submitted art to the annual contest.  Last year’s contest, held in Maryland, featured entries from 224 artists.

    Contest judging takes place over two days and is open to the public. A panel of noted art, waterfowl, and philatelic authorities is appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to judge the competition. Winners receive no compensation for their work, other than a pane of stamps carrying their design. Winning artists may sell prints of their designs, which are sought after by hunters, conservationists, and art collectors.

    The winning entry will be used for the 2011- 2012 Federal Duck Stamp, also known as the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. About 1.8 million Federal Duck Stamps are sold nationwide each year.

    Artists! Get contest information, rules, and entry forms here. What makes a good stamp design?

the Federal duck stamp program

Purchasing a $15 Federal Duck Stamp is possibly the single most effective purchase a person can make to help conserve habitat for a wide variety of species. All waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry a current Federal Duck Stamp. However, the stamp is not only for hunters. Conservationists, recreational birders, stamp collectors and others also purchase the stamp to support habitat conservation for a wide diversity of species. Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from stamp sales go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund which supports the purchase of wetlands for inclusion into the National Wildlife Refuge System.  Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps have raised more than $750 million to purchased nearly 6 million acres of wildlife habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Twenty refuges in the Pacific Southwest Region (California, Nevada, and Oregon's Klamath Basin) have directly benefitted from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps.

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2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp by Robert Bealle of Waldorf, Maryland. .

You can puchase a Federal Duck Stamp from the following vendors:
United States Postal Service
 Tel. 1-800 STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724) Web: The Postal Store
Note: Once at the website enter search text "Duck Stamps" in upper right hand corner. If purchasing at your local post office, please call ahead to check availability.

Amplex Corporation (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service distributor)
Tel. 1-800-852-4897   Web:

Duck Stamps can also be purchased for $15 at Bass Pro Shops, Cabella's and other major sporting goods retailers that sell hunting and fishing licenses.