2008 Waterfowl Stamp and Print Available July 1

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Surf Scoters over the Atlantic,” the 2008 Waterfowl Stamp and Print RALEIGH, N.C. (June 17, 2008)– “Surf Scoters over the Atlantic,” the 2008 Waterfowl Stamp and Print, will be available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on July 1.

Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps will sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp sells for $10.

This year’s print, based on an acrylic portrait by Minnesota artist Scot Storm, depicts a trio of surf scoters flying low along the crest of ocean waves.

Storm’s portrait was the winning submission in the first annual State of North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition held in January. More than 50 artists from around the country, the United Arab Emirates and Mexico entered the competition, which was a joint venture between the Commission and the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild of Greenville.

Storm is a nationally renowned wildlife artist who has won several prestigious awards, including the federal duck stamp, which he won in 2004 with his vivid portrayal of a pair of redheads in flight over a North Dakota prairie pothole.

Proceeds from sales of the print and stamps will go to the Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina. The money is used to help North Carolina meet its financial obligations in implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, the international agreement helping restore waterfowl populations throughout the continent. In addition, funds have been used to support waterfowl research and to buy equipment used to manage wetlands.

To purchase a print and mint stamp or for additional information, call toll-free (866) 945-3746, or visit the Commission’s N.C. Wild Store.