“Redheads in Needlerush,” the 2012 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store on July 2.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps will sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp will sell for $10.

The acrylic artwork depicting a pair of brilliantly colored redhead ducks was painted by Delaware artist Richard Clifton. “Redheads in Needlerush” marks the second year in a row Clifton has won North Carolina’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print competition. He took top honors last year with his vivid portrayal of a pair of Canada geese standing in a pasture. He placed second in the 2010 contest with his portrayal of snow geese.

Proceeds from sales of the print and stamps will go to the Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina. The money is used to help North Carolina meet its financial obligations in implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, the international agreement helping restore waterfowl populations throughout the continent. In addition, funds can be used to support waterfowl research and to buy equipment used to manage wetlands.

To purchase a print and mint stamp or for additional information, call the Wildlife Resources Commission toll-free at 866-945-3746, or visit the agency’s online N.C. Wild Store, www.ncwildstore.com.

For more information about fish and wildlife conservation in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s Web site, www.ncwildlife.org.

Logo courtesy of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

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