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Giving the Gift of Conservation with Duck Stamps

Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota, won the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest in October with his acrylic painting of a single wood duck. Hautman has previously won the contest three times, in 1991, 2001 and 2007. His art will be made into the 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale July 1, 2012.

Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota, won the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest in October with his acrylic painting of a single wood duck. Hautman has previously won the contest three times, in 1991, 2001 and 2007. His art will be made into the 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale July 1, 2012.

Image courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Give the Gift of Conservation to Support Wetlands and Waterfowl Habitat

Put your stamp on conservation this holiday season by buying Federal Duck Stamps. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produces the Duck Stamp, which sells for $15 and raises about $25 million each year to provide critical funds for conserving wetlands for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people. 

The Federal Duck Stamp is widely known as one of this nation’s most successful and effective conservation programs. Since 1934, sales of the stamps have helped to acquire more than 5.3 million acres of waterfowl habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System.  Ninety-eight cents out of every Duck Stamp dollar is spent to acquire land and protect waterfowl habitat.  

Junior Duck Stamps are also sold for $5 to stamp collectors, conservationists and the public.  Proceeds from Junior Duck Stamp sales support environmental education efforts and scholarships for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Duck Stamp supporters are also encouraged to join the Service in taking part in “Double Up for the Ducks” – a campaign by Ducks Unlimited encouraging duck hunters and all persons who would like to make a difference for wildlife conservation to purchase two federal Duck Stamps this year.  

There are many easy and convenient ways to buy Federal Duck Stamps:  
•	Call or order online from the United States Postal Service at 1-800 STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724) or online at http://shop.usps.com
•	Visit your local post office (call first to ensure the stamp is in stock)
•	Call or order online from Amplex Corporation at 1-800-852-4897 or www.duckstamp.com
•	Contact the Federal Duck Stamp Office at 703-358-1784 or duckstamps@fws.gov
•	Duck Stamps can also be purchased at most major sporting goods stores that sell hunting licenses.

For more information, please visit the Service’s Federal Duck Stamp Home Page:  http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/.  

You can follow the Federal Duck Stamp on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/USFWS_Federal Duck Stamp.  

Link to retrieve video about the Service’s Federal Duck Stamp program: http://www.fws.gov/video/flash/ds_promo.html

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfws, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast.    

-FWS-

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