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Last month I discussed the importance of conservation funding derived from the Federal Duck Stamp program (scroll down to find a link for that message). Many states in the PCJV area have state-level conservation stamp programs which support habitat projects benefiting multiple bird species through sales to hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. I encourage joint venture partners to contact their state wildlife agency to find out more about stamp programs and the related sources of funding for projects benefiting birds and their habitats.
Like Federal Duck Stamps, state duck stamps stamps are issued annually and feature a new image each year. Some states have art contests for selecting the images. These contests play a role in educating the public about native birds and other wildlife.
I recently had the honor of judging artistsí entries for the 2014 Oregon Habitat Conservation Stamp and the 2014 Oregon Upland Game Bird Stamp. A story about the art contests and images of the winning artwork, as well as information on purchasing the stamps, are posted here. Itís interesting to note that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is also working on some creative marketing with Duck Pond Cellars to further garner public support for conservation.
I also want to let you know that the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp has a great website with lots of information about the Federal Duck Stamp program, access to a stamp support listserv and downloadable materials designed to promote duck stamp sales.
Finally, you might be interested in a new documentary currently being filmed about the Federal Duck Stamp program and art contest. The filmmaker is raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign, which ends December 6. The Kickstarter page includes a preview trailer.
More information about state duck stamp programs:
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Duck Stamps
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Duck Stamp Program
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Duck Stamps
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Migratory Bird Stamp and Artwork Program