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Alpen Optics and Wild Bird Centers Donation to 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Written by: Corporate
August 15, 2012 02:48 PM

October 4, 2011 - Glen Echo, Maryland –Alpen Optics (www.alpenoutdoor.com) and the Wild Bird Centers of America (www.wildbird.com) are proud to donate two private label 8x42 binoculars for selected event winners again this year; held October 28-29 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.

View the exciting entries for 2012 here: http://www.outdoorsweekly.com/assets/FederalDuckStampExport2011/index.htm.
 
The winning design chosen during the contest will be made into the 2012 (RW79) Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or “Duck Stamp,” the cornerstone of one of the world’s most successful conservation programs. More than 1.5 million people buy Duck Stamps annually and are prized by collectors, conservationists and wildlife art aficionados.

“Having this prestigious contest at the National Conservation Training Center provides a unique opportunity to build on the long history of wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation in our country,” said Jay Slack, Director of the Service’s training center. “Never has it been more important to conserve and restore wetland habitat, especially as we search for methods to minimize the effects of climate change, for waterfowl and the multitude of other species that depend on wetlands.”

The $15 Federal Duck Stamp is a vital tool for wetland conservation, with 98 cents of every dollar generated going to purchase or lease wetland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since the stamp’s inception, sales have helped to acquire nearly six million acres of wildlife habitat at hundreds of refuges in nearly every state.

The Federal Duck Stamp art contest is the only art competition of its kind sponsored by the federal government. Since the first open contest was held in 1949, thousands of wildlife artists from throughout the nation have submitted art to the annual contest. While the winner receives no money from the federal government, the winning artist may benefit from the increased visibility and sale of prints and artwork.

A current Federal Duck Stamp also provides free admission into any refuge open to the public. There are 550 National Wildlife Refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories, offering unparalleled wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, bird watching and photography.

Contact: George Petrides, Sr. at (301) 841-6404 or george at wildbird.com or Tim Gardner at (909) 987-8370 or tgardner at alpenoutdoor.com.

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