A painting of a redhead duck by Richfield artist Timothy Turenne will be featured on the 2017 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after Turenne won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.
This was Turenne’s first time winning the duck stamp contest, and he has now won all the DNR-sponsored stamp contests.
The winning painting was selected by judges from among 24 entries. Three entries advanced as finalists that were selected during the Sept. 8 contest. The other finalists were Mark Kness, second place; and Nicholas Markell, third place. The duck stamp contest began in 1977.
The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work. Stamp sales generate about $700,000 per year for waterfowl habitat enhancement projects on state wildlife management areas and shallow lakes.
The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. Each year the entries are limited to a predetermined species that breeds or migrates through Minnesota. The eligible species for the 2018 stamp design will be the white-winged scoter. For more on the stamp contests, visit www.mndnr.gov/stamps.
This year also marks 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty, one of the cornerstones of efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. Learn more at www.fws.gov/birds/mbtreaty100.