Philadelphia, PA (KROC AM News) - Minnesota artist James Hautman is the winner of the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest.

The announcement was made Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Chaska artist’s acrylic painting of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or “Duck Stamp,” which will go on sale next year.

This is Hautman’s fifth Federal Duck Stamp Contest win, tying him with his brother Joseph, whose art appears on the 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp. The third place winner is their brother Robert Hautman of Delano, with his acrylic painting of a pair of Canada geese. Hautman won the 1997-1998 and 2001-2002 contests.

The Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $25 and raises about $25 million each year to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.

The Federal Duck Stamp is the nation’s oldest and most successful waterfowl/bird conservation effort. Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from sale of the stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports the purchase of migratory bird habitat for inclusion into the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, Duck Stamps sales have generated more than $850 million to acquire and preserve more than 5.7 million acres of bird and wildlife habitat.

(Information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)


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