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WATERFOWL ART EXHIBIT PLANNED

Award winning artwork for the 2004 Waterfowl Stamp Art Competition will be flying in to the Springfield Natural History Museum from mid-September to mid-October. The purpose of the Massachusetts Waterfowl stamp is to fund the acquisition and protection of wetland areas essential to migratory waterfowl for breeding, resting and feeding. Waterfowl hunters are required to purchase a stamp in order to hunt ducks and geese, thus providing the majority of funding. Collectors also purchase stamps. Other conservationists purchase stamps and the resulting prints which are produced, as a way to contribute to waterfowl and wetland conservation. Since the stamp's inception in 1974, over $1,000,000 of stamp sales have been generated.

The Massachusetts Waterfowl stamp is unique in that it is the only waterfowl stamp series in the country requiring decoys as the annual stamp design. Stamp designs must be of working decoys-ducks, geese or shorebirds-and the decoys must have been created by known or unknown, deceased Massachusetts carvers. This requirement celebrates both the art of decoy carving- an integral part of Massachusetts' migratory bird hunting heritage -- as well as the artwork of the contestant! The winning artist will be announced after judging on September 12.

For more information on the waterfowl stamp exhibit, contact Ellie Horwitz 508/792-7270 x105

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Agency and Program Public Information Contacts:

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife topics, contact MassWildlife at www.MassWildlife.org  
Division of Law Enforcement topics, contact Andy Petrie at andy.petrie@state.ma.us
Division of Marine Fisheries topics, contact Dan McKiernan at dan.mckiernan@state.ma.us
Riverways Program topics, contact Russ Cohen at russ.cohen@state.ma.us
DFWELE GIS Program topics, contact Steve McRae at steve.mcrae@state.ma.us

 

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