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The winning 2018 Federal Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a wood duck and decoy by Minnesota artist Scot Storm.
The winning 2018 Federal Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a wood duck and decoy by Minnesota artist Scot Storm. Credit: © USFWS

Minnesota Artist Scot Storm Wins 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest!

September 18, 2018
Scot Storm an artist from Freeport, Minnesota, is the winner of the 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Andrea Travnicek announced the winner at the annual contest, held this year at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. Storm’s acrylic painting will be made into the 2019-2020 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or Duck Stamp. Since 1934, sales of this stamp have raised more than $1 billion to protect six million acres of wetlands habitat on national wildlife refuges around the nation. 
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Above picture of the eye of Hurricane Florence.
The eye of Category 4 Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station. Credit: A. Gerst/ESA/NASA

Service Prepares for Dangerous Florence

September 12, 2018
As Hurricane Florence’s path took a “dramatic shift” Wednesday, six Service Law Enforcement officers stood ready to follow wherever Florence lands. The Service also mobilized heavy equipment task forces and incident teams to get into the impact zones as quickly as possible. They will start assisting wildlife refuges and communities hit by the hurricane as soon as it is safe.
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 Youth fishing during a Zeta Phi Beta Sorority visit to a national wildlife refuge.
Youth fishing during a Zeta Phi Beta Sorority visit to a national wildlife refuge. Credit: USFWS

Hunting and Fishing Opportunities Expanded at 30 of America’s National Wildlife Refuges

September 5, 2018
Continuing his efforts to increase access to public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will open more than 251,000 acres to new or expanded hunting and fishing opportunities at 30 national wildlife refuges across the Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. This will now bring the number of units where the public may hunt to 377, and the number where fishing is permitted to 312.
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