Colorado Parks and Wildlife is soliciting original artwork entries for the 2012 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. This year's species of focus is the Ross's goose, a small white goose that is often confused with the snow goose.
The deadline for artists to submit entries is 4 p.m., Friday, March 2.
The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program was implemented in 1990 and provides funding to conserve wetlands for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife. Waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older are required by state law to purchase a waterfowl stamp validation annually before hunting. In addition to hunters, many collectors aid in wetland conservation by purchasing collector stamps and prints that are created from the winning entry.
All revenue generated from the sale of the hunter version of the Waterfowl Stamp - more than $6.7 million to date - is used to fund wetlands projects throughout the state. Almost 20,000 acres of wetlands have been protected with Waterfowl Stamp funds so far. In 2011, waterfowl stamp funds were used to help improve water management at the Andrick Ponds State Wildlife Area in Morgan County, which is managed as a quality waterfowl-hunting property.
Artists who wish to enter the competition must submit a 13-inch high by-18 inch wide, full-color original artwork. There is a $50 fee for each entry. The winning entry will receive $3,500 with smaller cash prizes for second and third place as well.
Find complete requirements in the application packet online at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Waterfowl/WaterfowlStampProgram/.