Federal Duck Stamp exhibit at Great Swamp Conservancy

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CANASTOTA — The Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota, will present this year’s traveling exhibition of Federal Duck Stamp-winning artists. This display plays a key role in the preservation of wetlands which correlates with the preservation of our livelihoods.

The display consists of this year’s winners and runners-up. All are original painting submissions for the annual competition. Thousands of entries pour in each year, making it a great honor to be recognized as a winning artist.

James Hautman took first place and became the highest earning artist this year with six winning entries in total.

What are federal duck stamps?

Established in 1934, President Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act, focusing conservation efforts on waterfowl and their habitat. Issued by the federal government, the stamp must be purchased before hunting migratory waterfowl. It is also used for free entry to paid National Wildlife Refuges. With 98% of duck stamp sales going to wetland conservation, over $1 billion has been raised to conserve more than 6 million acres of wetland habitat.

The exhibition will be visible until Friday, July 29.

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