Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces special edition
2015 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp for contest’s 35th anniversary
DOVER (Nov. 21, 2013) – To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Delaware’s Waterfowl Stamp Contest program, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Delaware Chapter of Ducks Unlimited announced today that the 2015 stamp competition will be a special Governor’s Edition. The special edition will feature Delaware’s native black duck with ducklings against the backdrop of the coastal wetlands of the Delaware Bayshore. Delaware Governor Jack Markell will sign 250 limited edition prints.
“Delaware’s Waterfowl Stamp Contest has become a hallmark of our state’s great outdoors tradition,” said Governor Markell. “I look forward to seeing next year’s winning artwork and signing the special edition print of it that will be a special part of the 35th anniversary year.”
In addition, the special anniversary edition stamp will be followed by a five-year series incorporating a sporting dog:
2016 – American green-winged teal and yellow lab
2017 – Canvasback and Chesapeake Bay retriever
2018 – Northern Pintail and golden retriever
2019 – Long-tailed duck (oldsquaw) and black lab
2020 – American Wigeon and chocolate lab
“Conservation of migratory waterfowl and related wetland habitats is a key part of what we do, especially along the Delaware Bayshore,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “The Delaware Waterfowl Stamp Contest not only supports this vitally important work, it’s also a high-profile way to use artwork to recognize the conservation role of hunters and other wildlife lovers, educate the public about waterfowl species and promote the critical need for conservation.”
Sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife in partnership with Ducks Unlimited’s Delaware chapter, the annual Delaware Waterfowl Stamp art competition draws entries by renowned and emerging artists from across the country. The winning artwork is reproduced on a stamp which must be signed and carried by all duck and goose hunters while hunting in Delaware. Waterfowl stamps and art prints are also purchased by collectors and other conservation-minded citizens.
The Delaware Waterfowl Stamp program began in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl conservation, including acquiring and improving the wetland habitats that are vital for the survival of migratory waterfowl. To date, more than $2.5 million has been raised. Resident and non-resident waterfowl hunters pay $9 for a Delaware Waterfowl Stamp.
“Waterfowl Stamp funding, combined with Pittman-Robertson federal aid funds, has been used to complete most of the major wetland habitat work done at Ted Harvey, Little Creek and Woodland Beach wildlife areas,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. The Waterfowl Stamp program has also supported a variety of migratory bird habitat work throughout the state, including replacement and installation of new water control structures in major impoundments, repair and maintenance of impoundment levees, the creation of shallow-water wetlands, Phragmites control, and the excavation of channels within the impoundments to improve wildlife habitat and fish habitat and passage. “Long-term conservation partners like Ducks Unlimited help us accomplish so much more than we could without their support,” Saveikis added.
"Ducks Unlimited Delaware has enjoyed a terrific relationship with our conservation partner, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, over the years with the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp Contest. This is another important and viable way of raising funds for wetlands conservation,” said Louis Caputo, Chairman of Delaware Ducks Unlimited. “As state chairman, I am extremely pleased with the Division’s having made this program a high-visibility opportunity for artists and collectors who through the state stamp contest continue providing critical habitat for the ducks.”
The 2015 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp Contest will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. Entries will be accepted beginning on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 and must be postmarked by or on the entry deadline of Friday, March 28, 2014. For artists interested in more information, click Waterfowl Stamp Rules.
A panel of five judges will review and select the 2015 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp. The panel will include the current Ducks Unlimited Delaware chairman or designee, a member of Delaware’s Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish, plus three judges to be selected by the director of the Division of Fish & Wildlife through a random lottery from a pool of categories based on the subject matter of the current year. The Division will maintain pools of names of qualified judges in these categories. The winning artist from the prior year also will be offered the opportunity to judge the current contest. Judges will base their decisions on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.
For more information on the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp program, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-739-9911, or visit Delaware Waterfowl Stamp Contest.
Vol. 43, No. 446