Event: Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest to select the art that will appear on the 2014-2015 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp.

When: Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28; 10 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. each day
Where: Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center, 1750 State Park Road #2, Oregon, Ohio 43616
Who: Speakers:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
Rowan Gould, Deputy Director
Jerome Ford, Assistant Director Migratory Birds
Tom Melius, Regional Director, Midwest Region
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife: Scott Zody, Wildlife Chief
2013-2014 Federal Duck Stamp Artist: Robert Steiner

The Federal Duck Stamp Program is the most successful conservation program in our nation’s history and has generated more than $850 million to help protect and conserve more than 6.5 million acres of wetlands and grasslands for wildlife habitat. By purchasing a Federal Duck Stamp, hunters, birders and wildlife enthusiasts continue to contribute to the conservation of America’s natural resources.

The contest will culminate in selection of the nation’s 81st Duck Stamp and will be a celebration of one of the world’s most successful wildlife habitat conservation programs. Viewing of the artwork and judging process is free and open to the public. Activities for families will be available throughout the day, including opportunities to meet professional wildlife artists.

This year’s contest pays homage to acclaimed wildlife artist and Ohio native, Bob Hines. The designer for the 1947 Duck Stamp, Hines dedicated his career to natural resource conservation, working for both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

More details about the contest and a full media kit are available at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/2013DuckStamp/

Logo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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