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2017 - 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Artwork

By James Hautman / USFWS

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James Hautman of Chaska, Minn., won the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Contest on Sept. 10 with his painting of Canada geese in flight. His art will grace the 2017-2018 Federal Duck Stamp, which will raise millions of dollars for conservation after it goes on sale in June 2017. This was his fifth Duck Stamp Contest win, making him one of the winningest Duck Stamp artists.

Sales of the federal duck stamps -- a program managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service -- are vital for wetland conservation: "ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System."

Buy a duck stamp to support waterfowl conservation, view an online gallery of 2016 submissions, or learn more about the duck stamp program. Learn more about BirdNote partner, Ducks Unlimited.

BirdNote has more about the history of the duck stamp program!

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