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Director's Corner

Dan Ashe served as FWS Director from June 2011 until January 2017. The following is an archive of blogs authored by Director Ashe during that time. This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.

Duck Stamps: A Wonderful Tradition Like No Other

I wasn’t able to attend the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest this year, so I am turning over my blog today to Deputy Director Rowan Gould to fill us in:

Family traditions.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we all have them.  In the Service family, one of our favorite traditions is the annual Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. 

I’ve just returned from the 2012 Duck Stamp Contest in Ogden, Utah.  If you’ve never heard of the Duck Stamp or the contest, let me tell you about this beloved – and unique – annual event. 

Duck Stamp winner

Image of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp winner Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, California. Credit: Robert Steiner

 The Federal Duck Stamp is a part of the Service’s heritage and probably one of the most successful conservation efforts this country has seen.  Since 1934, when J.N. “Ding” Darling sketched the design for the first Duck Stamp, sales of the stamp to hunters, collectors and outdoor enthusiasts have raised more than $850 million to acquire wetlands habitat for ducks, geese, and a host of other wildlife.


It was an honor to participate. The staff do such a professional job...and the family tradition of this is critical to our conservation effort. I am really happy to be part of your family. Thank you for including me.
# Posted By Christine Thomas | 10/1/12 9:58 AM

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