Written by: George Petrides, Jr.
September 22, 2014 12:44 PM
This past weekend, George Petrides, Sr. was deeply honored to represent the Wild Bird Centers of America, serving as one of five judges empaneled for the Fish & Wildlife Service’s prestigious 2014 Duck Stamp Contest. This annual event was held at the National Conservation and Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and attended by FWS dignitaries and staff dedicated to the stamp program, the media, wildlife artists, stamp collectors and ardent fans from around the country.
The Stamp Program has raised nearly $1 Billion dollars since 1934. These funds are dedicated to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund which acquires, conserves and preserves wetland habitat within the National Wildlife Refuge System. You are encouraged to learn more about this critical program at www.fws.gov/duckstamps/stamps.htm.
Our panel of judges faced a formidable challenge to select this year’s winner from 186 talented artists, considered over three days of intense competition. I am pleased to report that Artist Jennifer Miller of Olean, New York was chosen as this year’s winner with her wonderful acrylic painting of a pair of ruddy ducks. Runner-up was a Red-breasted Merganser and third was a Canada Goose.