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State seeks artists to design waterfowl stamp

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Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Program

DENVER – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking original artwork for the 20th annual Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. Wildlife artists across the U.S. are invited to participate.

Hunters must to purchase the stamps to hunt waterfowl in Colorado. All revenue generated from the program funds wetlands projects throughout the state.

“We had 30 artists compete in last year’s competition and hope to have even greater participation this year,” said Brian Sullivan, Division of Wildlife wetlands coordinator. “This is a tremendous opportunity for artists to showcase their work and also contribute to a cause that greatly benefits Colorado’s wetlands and waterfowl.”

The Division of Wildlife awards cash prizes for the top three entries, and the first-place design is depicted on the stamp. Artists may submit entries through March 5. Winning entries will be announced by March 29.

The northern pintail – a common dabbling duck that migrates to Colorado’s wetlands each fall – is this year’s featured species. Renowned for its beautiful white and chocolate-brown plumage, the pintail derives its name from its long, pointed, pin-like, tail feathers.

“Many of the state funds generated by the sale of Colorado Waterfowl Stamps have gone directly into projects along the South Platte River and other areas that provide critical resting-stop wetlands to support the pintail,” said Kirk Davidson, Ducks Unlimited director of development and contest judge. “The stamp selection committee attempts to select species common to Colorado and especially those, like the pintail, that depend upon our state for their life-cycle needs.”    

Participation in the Waterfowl Stamp program by hunters and non-hunters alike is an effective way to contribute to the conservation of a precious resource, according to the Division of Wildlife. Wetlands conservation efforts improve habitat for ducks, geese and many other species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and mammals. 

Since its inception, the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program has raised approximately $6.7 million to help restore and protect more than 19,500 acres of critical waterfowl habitat. Additional funding from Ducks Unlimited and other partners has leveraged stamp resources to improve public waterfowl hunting opportunities and habitat throughout Colorado. Some funds have been used to improve important nesting areas in Canada known to produce the majority of Colorado’s migrant ducks.

Waterfowl stamps and art prints are available through the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Prints and stamps make great gifts and may be purchased online at  

For further information regarding art contest rules, entry forms and artwork submission guidelines, visit the Division of Wildlife Web site at:

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