The Pennsylvania Game Commission has again partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pennsylvania Chapter of Ducks Unlimited to host a display of the original artwork submissions, including the winner of the 2019-2020 Federal Duck Stamp (pictured below), at the agency’s headquarters, located at 2001 Elmerton Ave., in Harrisburg. The display will be available until Jan. 24, 2019.
Waterfowl hunters 16 years and older are required to purchase a Federal Duck Stamp, but anyone can contribute to the cause of conservation by buying one. The stamps are miniature works of art and are prized by stamp collectors around the world.
These stamps are among the most successful conservation tools ever created to protect habitat for birds and other wildlife, as 98 percent of the purchase price goes directly to help acquire and protect wetland habitat and purchase conservation easements for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Every fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts an art contest to select the art that will be displayed on the next year’s stamp. This contest is the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government. Any artist 18 years and older may enter, and the winning artist sees his or her work featured as the design of the following year’s Federal Duck Stamp.
Also known as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, the Federal Duck Stamp was conceived in 1934, when Congress passed, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act.
The above photo is of the Junior Duck Stamp Program display. Each year, more than 25,000 students from kindergarten through high school are involved in this program.
The meaningful words of Abigail McIntyre, age 16, of Manhattan, KS, are featured on this display: “Conserving our wetlands is as important as conserving our art. It is our history, our inspiration, our life and our future.”
Each state presents awards in four different age categories and declares one Best of Show, which receives the top honor of being the selected representative for the state in the national Junior Duck Stamp competition. The national winning entry is made into a collector’s stamp.
Pictured below, is the winner from Pennsylvania – Maggie Kozich, age 12, from Mountaintop, PA, with “Tundra Swan,” which she created using pastels.
In addition to the Federal Duck Stamp, you can support the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s conservation efforts by purchasing a Pennsylvania Duck Stamp. This program began in 1983, and revenues are deposited into the Game Fund to protect, manage and conserve more than 5,000 acres of wetlands for migratory bird conservation.
To celebrate Pennsylvania’s rich hunting and conservation history, our agency introduced the “Waterfowl Heritage Collection.” This five-year series features a specific species each year on a 4-inch patch and a Pennsylvania made call. Display cases are available for both patches and calls and would make a great addition to any home or office. Click here to purchase online, or stop by to see the display and purchase one at Game Commission Headquarters.