[Federal Register: March 19, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 54)]
[Page 13065-13066]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

2004 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck 
Stamp) Contest

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service announces the dates and 
locations of the 2004 Federal Duck Stamp contest; the public is invited 
to enter and to attend.

DATES: 1. The official date to begin submission of entries to the 2004 
contest is June 1, 2004. All entries must be postmarked no later than 
midnight, Monday, August 16, 2004.
    2. The public may first view the 2004 Federal Duck Stamp Contest 
entries on Monday, October 4, 2004.
    3. Judging will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Requests for complete copies of the contest rules, 
reproduction rights agreement, and display and participation agreement 
may be requested by calling 1-703-358-2000, or requests may be 
addressed to: Federal Duck Stamp Contest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Department of the Interior, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail 
Stop MBSP-4070, Arlington, VA 22203-1622. You may also download the 
information from the Federal Duck Stamp Web site at http://duckstamps.fws.gov

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Chris Tollefson,Chief, Federal 
Duck Stamp Office (703) 358-2000, E-mailChris_Tollefson@fws.gov or 
fax: (703) 358-2009.



    On March 16, 1934, Congress passed and President Franklin Roosevelt 
signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act. Popularly known as the 
Duck Stamp Act, it required all waterfowl hunters 16 years or older to 
buy a stamp annually. The revenue generated was originally earmarked 
for the Department of Agriculture, but 5 years later was transferred to 
the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
to buy or lease waterfowl sanctuaries.
    In the years since its enactment, the Federal Duck Stamp Program 
has become one of the most popular and successful conservation programs 
ever initiated. Today, some 1.6 million stamps are sold each year, and 
as of 2002, FederalDuck Stamps have generated more than $600 million 

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the preservation of more than 5 million acres of waterfowl habitat in 
the United States. Numerous other birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and 
amphibians have similarly prospered because of habitat protection made 
possible by the program. An estimated one-third of the Nation's 
endangered and threatened species find food or shelter in refuges 
preserved by Duck Stamp funds. Moreover, the protected wetlands help 
dissipate storms, purify water supplies, store flood water, and nourish 
fish hatchlings important for sport and commercial fisherman.

The Contest

    The first Federal Duck Stamp was designed at President Franklin 
Roosevelt's request by Jay N. ``Ding'' Darling, a nationally known 
political cartoonist for the Des Moines Register and a noted hunter and 
wildlife conservationist. In subsequent years, noted wildlife artists 
were asked to submit designs. The first contest was opened in 1949 to 
any U.S. artist who wished to enter, and 65 artists submitted a total 
of 88 design entries in the only art competition of its kind sponsored 
by the U.S. Government. To select each year's design, a panel of noted 
art, waterfowl, and philatelic authorities are appointed by the 
Secretary of the Interior. Winners receive no compensation for the 
work, except a pane of their stamps, but winners may sell prints of 
their designs, which are sought by hunters, conservationists, and art 
    The public may view the 2004 Federal Duck Stamp entries on Monday, 
October 4, 2004, in the Department of the Interior Auditorium (``C'' 
Street entrance), 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC. This year's 
judging will be held Tuesday, October 5, 2004.

Eligible Species

    Species eligible for the 2004 contest include American wigeon, wood 
duck, gadwall, ring-necked duck, and hooded merganser. Entries 
featuring a species other than the above listed species will be 

    Dated: February 9, 2004.
Steve Williams,
[FR Doc. 04-6170 Filed 3-18-04; 8:45 am]