The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host the First Day of Sale for the 2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp on June 25 at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, located at Arundel Mills in Hanover, Maryland. Doors open at 9:00am, and the ceremony will begin at 10:00am. The event is free and open to the public.
The 2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp features an American Widgeon painted by wildlife artist Robert Bealle, of Waldorf Maryland. Last fall a panel of judges chose Bealle's art to grace the new Duck Stamp from among 224 paintings at the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland.
Martin MacDonald, Bass Pro Shops Director of Conservation, will CO-MC the event with Rowan Gould, acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Since 1934 the sales of Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $750 million, which has been used to help purchase or lease over 5.3 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the U.S. These lands are now protected in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System