The Federal Duck Stamp, also known as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, is selected from hundreds of submitted works of art each year by distinguished judges.
For every dollar sold, 98 cents are used for the lease and purchase of critical habitat for waterfowl, wetland birds and other wildlife. To date, the Federal Duck Stamp is one of the world’s most successful wildlife conservation programs, raising $850 million to preserve 6.5 million acres of habitat.
This year, the contest for the selection of the 2014-2015 Duck Stamp will be held at Maumee Bay State Park Conference Center in Oregon, from Sept. 27-28. Judging will take place Friday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m.-noon, when the winner will be announced.
The 1946-1947 Federal Duck Stamp designed by wildlife
The public is encouraged to attend the event, which will include fun activities for all ages. More information about the ceremony and events can be found at www.fws.gov/midwest/2013duckstamp.
To coincide with the contest, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will hold a dedication ceremony for the Bob Hines Refuge Ranger Station from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Hines, an Ohio native, painted the Duck Stamp in 1946 and went on to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 33 years. The ranger station will honor his legacy by hosting hundreds of students each school year and connecting art and nature through environmental education and public interpretive programs.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located 15 miles east of Toledo or 16 miles west of Port Clinton on SR 2.
All events are free and take place at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Call 419-898-0014 for more information. For a complete listing of public programs at the refuge, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa.