Beginning Oct. 15 Minnesotans can see the original art submitted for the 2009-2010 federal duck stamp in an exhibition at the Bloomington Arts Center. The national contest can draw as many as 2,000 entries. Judging takes place Oct. 17-18.
"This is a rare opportunity to view the collective craftsmanship of the nation's premier waterfowl artists," said Jim Leach, a regional refuge supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "It will be decades before this event returns to Minnesota."
Duck stamps can be purchased at any DNR licensing outlet or online at www.mndnr.gov (click on "licenses" at the top). Hunters age 16 and over must purchase the $15 stamp to hunt migratory waterfowl. Any conservationist may purchase a stamp to support wetlands habitat acquisition and restoration.
C. B. Bylander, DNR Outreach section chief