Whole No. 41
Duck Tracks-February 2005 issue includes the following articles:
Corner . . . President Ira Cotton discusses the gradual decline in the number of
states issuing duck stamps. He encourages members to write letters and e-mails to local
representatives in support of duck stamp programs.
- New Album
pages issued for Duck Stamps . . . Palo Albums has added pages for State and
Junior Duck Stamps to their product line. Federal pages had previously been issued. www.paloalbums.com
- A Word from
the Federal Duck Stamp Office . . . Chief of the Federal Duck Stamp Program Chris Tollefson assures readers that the Federal
Duck Stamp Office is working to ensure that the Duck Stamp remains a valued collector's
item for years to come. The Fish and Wildlife Service values the support of the
collecting community and is working to deepen that support. http://duckstamps.fws.gov
- Judging the
Federal Duck Stamp Contest . . . Michael Jaffe gives a detailed account of his
experience as a judge at the Federal Duck Stamp Contest held at the Department of the
Interior October 4-5, 2004. Some recommendations for artists are also included.
wins OK contest . . . Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana took first place
in the 2005 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp contest.
Honored . . . John Ruthven became the first wildlife artist to receive the
National Medal of Arts. www.ruthven.com
wins redesigned Louisiana contest . . . Ken Michaelsen, a well-known wildlife
artist from the state of California was selected as winner of the 17th Annual Louisiana
Duck Stamp Art Competition. Contact Robert Helm
for information about the 2006 contest to be held in the Fall 2005.
- Grading and
Encapsulation come to duck stamps! . . . Bob Dumaine discusses valuing grading
guides issued by Scott Publishing Company and the Professional Stamp Experts (PSE). The
guides expand pricing for 6-8 different grades of stamps, from average to superb. www.psestamps.com
artwork highlights Ohio Contest . . . Adam Grimm's artwork of a drake wood duck
will appear on the 2005 Ohio duck stamp. The top six finishers are illustrated.
- NJ 2004 Stamp
- Second in Retriever Puppy Series . . . Painted by artist Phillip Crowe, the
artwork features a yellow lab puppy with a hooded merganser carved by New Jersey carver
- Preparing for
a Duck Stamp Competition! . . . Artist Larry Seiler describes the various stages of
preparing an artwork for competition. It takes years to acquire and accumulate the working
knowledge to become a professional wildlife artist.
- Duck Stamp
Story Told in New Zealand . . . Vice President Wes Miller presented the U.S. Duck Stamp story to the
Christchurch Philatelic Society in November 2004. A set of overhead slides is available to
NDSCS members to give presentations to your local philatelic clubs. Contact We or Ira Cotton for more information.
Unlimited to manage Duck Stamp Licensing Program . . . Ducks Unlimited will
manage how Federal Duck Stamp images are licensed to manufacturers who place the images on
a wide variety of consumer products. For more information on the Duck Stamp Program and
how Duck Stamp funds have benefited a refuge in your state, visit the Duck Stamp home page
Ducks Unlimited is the world's wetland and waterfowl conservation group. For more
information, visit the Ducks Unlimited website.
boosts duck stamp program . . . Larry Grisham has handled the duck stamp artwork
for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission through Grisham's Wildlife Art since 1982. Sales
of prints created from duck stamp artwork have made the Arkansas program the most
successful in the country, thanks to top-notch artists.
begins lighthouse series . . . The 2004 Delaware Duck Stamp was a special year as
it's the 25th anniversary of the Delaware Duck Stamp Program. With declining print sales
over the past few years, the state set up a committee to improve sales. The committee
decided to include a lighthouse in the print, thus expanding this collectible to the
lighthouse community. A watercolor by Bonni Field of Newark, Delaware was declared the
2004 winner. www.dnrec.state.de.us/duckcot.htm