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9-5-2003

Vermont's 2003 Duck Stamp is Available Statewide

For Immediate Release: September5, 2003
Media Contact: Bill Crenshaw 802-878-1564, Carl Pagel 802-241-3770

VERMONT’S 2003 DUCK STAMP IS AVAILABLE STATEWIDE

WATERBURY, VT The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is borrowing a
page from the past to preserve wetlands for the future. The 2003 Vermont duck stamp features an original etching by the late Richard E. Bishop, one of America’s preeminent waterfowl artists. “Mallards in Flight” is the first of four previously unpublished designs that will comprise the Vermont duck stamp program’s Richard E. Bishop Commemorative Series, which will run through 2006.

Richard E. Bishop (1887-1975) was a renowned artist, author, conservationist and sportsman. An engineer by training, Bishop pioneered the use of movie film to study the anatomy and behavior of birds in flight, which he translated into magnificent etchings and paintings that are avidly sought by wildlife art collectors today. In 1936, his elegant drypoint of Canada geese, “Coming In,” was selected for the third federal duck stamp. Bishop also designed Ducks Unlimited’s familiar duck head logo, and he was an ardent supporter of DU’s waterfowl habitat preservation efforts.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Bishop married into a Vermont family, and he made many of his etchings and paintings at his summer home in Stockbridge, Vt., which his family still maintains. He found inspiration for several of his designs while hunting along the Vermont shores of Lake Champlain.

     The Richard E. Bishop Commemorative Series is based on four etchings that
Bishop made for personal use as Christmas cards. The 2004 stamp will feature “Pintails Winging In;” the 2005 stamp will feature “Canvasbacks;” and the 2006 stamp will feature “Alone,” an etching of a solitary Canada goose that Bishop made after his wife passed away. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is grateful to Bishop family member Steve Wagner for permission to use the etchings.

     The Vermont duck stamp program was created by the Legislature in 1985. All persons age 16 and older must annually purchase a $5 Vermont duck stamp to hunt waterfowl in the state. To date, the duck stamp program has raised $2.8 million through the sale of stamps and limited edition duck stamp prints, and duck stamp program funds have been used to complete 60 projects that have protected and restored more than 7,600 acres of critical wetland and adjoining upland wildlife habitat.

     Vermont duck stamps can be purchased wherever Vermont hunting licenses are sold and at the main office of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in Waterbury, phone (802) 241-3700. Collectors will be excited to know that the Richard E. Bishop Commemorative Series is also available as individually embossed, 4-by-6-inch etchings struck from the original copper plates. Each annual edition will be limited to 250 etchings, no two of which will be exactly alike. To order an etching and for more information, contact Richard E. Bishop Ltd., P.O. Box 362, Ambler, PA 19002; phone
1-800-247-3300.
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Vermont’s 2003 duck stamp features “Mallards in Flight,” the first of four previously unpublished designs that will run through 2006. Vermont’s duck stamp art program has raised $2.8 million, protecting and restoring more than 7,600 acres of wetlands and adjoining upland wildlife habitat.


For Further Information please contact: Bill Crenshaw at 802-878-1564 or email to bill.crenshaw@anr.state.vt.us

 

 

 

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