KIRKWOOD — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is exhibiting the 2021 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest entries throughout the month of November at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. The paintings might be on show within the nature heart’s exhibit gallery.
The exhibit consists of the competition’s first-place successful entry by James Hautman of Chaska, Minnesota, who created a portray of two redhead geese floating within the water. The contest winners have been introduced in September by livestream from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.
Hautman’s successful acrylic portray will function the design for the 2022-2023 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, generally generally known as the “Duck Stamp.” His portray was chosen by a panel of 5 famous artwork, waterfowl and stamp knowledgeable judges. The Federal Duck Stamp program was initiated in 1935, and the USFWS has opened the competition to U.S. residents 18 years and older every year since 1949.
The stamp will go on sale in June 2022. Hunters 16 and older are required to buy and possess the stamp to hunt waterfowl reminiscent of geese and geese. Stamp holders take pleasure in free entrance to National Wildlife Refuges that usually cost admission charges. The stamps are additionally widespread objects for hen watchers, outside lovers, conservationists and stamp collectors.
Money from the sale of the stamps helps assist wetland conservation with 98 p.c of the proceeds going to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. According the USWFS, proceeds have generated greater than $1.1 billion to preserve over 6 million acres of habitat for birds and different wildlife.
Hautman’s successful paintings was amongst 137 entries on this 12 months’s competitors, with 14 entries making the ultimate spherical of judging.
The 2021 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest entries will stay on show at Powder Valley till the top of November. They will then go to MDC’s Cape Girardeau Nature Center. MDC asks that every one guests observe present native COVID-19 social distancing and masking pointers. Bringing and carrying face coverings is inspired when applicable.
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is situated at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, close to the intersection of Interstate 44 and I-270.