A new museum adjacent Devil’s Lake State Park’s north shore entrance opened in June 2013. Where scuba diving lessons once occurred in Baraboo, Wis., Flyways Waterfowl Museum now displays more than 60 bird mounts of species that migrate through the Mississippi River flyway.
There through August only you can see the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest artwork. The traveling exhibit includes the current adult finalists’ artwork, 7 inches by 10 inches, and the winning junior paintings from each state.
San Francisco wildlife artist Robert Steiner’s acrylic of the common goldeneye was selected among 191 adult entries as the 2013 winner. His colorful, photorealist style close-up of the duck with an emerald green head in a glow of warm light will appear on the 80th federal duck stamp. He also won in 1997.
The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is a prestigious honor among wildlife artists, akin to the Oscars and the Grammys. Winners do not receive prize money but are able to sell prints of their original paintings.
The Federal Duck Stamp program began in 1934 as the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act to generate funds to ease the sharp decline of wetlands around the country at the time. Besides duck hunters who are required to purchase the $15 stamp to place on their hunting licenses, conservation supporters, stamp collectors and those who enjoy wildlife art also buy the stamp. The Program has raised more than $850 million to help the National Wildlife Refuge System own or lease six million acres of wildlife habitat.
Flyways Waterfowl Museum, operated by the sportsman and conservationist duo Craig and Nichol Swenson of Baraboo, Wis., is open every day but Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and until 6:00 p.m. on weekends. Learn more about the new museum at www.duckmuseum.com.
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Find many area events during the final weeks of August in our earlier blog articles below.