Richard Clifton’s painting of Bufflehead took first in both the Waterfowl Stamp and People’s Choice contests.

Richard Clifton’s painting of Bufflehead took first in both the Waterfowl Stamp and People’s Choice contests. 

Photo contributed by ODFW

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the winners of its 2018 Habitat Conservation, Upland Game Bird, and Waterfowl Stamp art contests Nov. 8. Winners were chosen November 4 at the ODFW art show and wine release event at Duck Pond Cellars in Dundee.

  • Upland Game Bird Stamp Winner – Rod Frederick of Bend, Oregon with his painting of Blue Grouse.
  • Habitat Conservation Stamp Winner – Kip Richmond of North Carolina with his painting of Pygmy Rabbit.
  • Waterfowl Stamp Winner – Richard Clifton of Delaware with his painting of Bufflehead.

Frederick, Richmond and Clifton will each receive a prize award of $2,000. Winning artwork will be the face of the 2018 stamps and other promotional items to benefit Oregon’s species and habitats.

Event visitors voted for their favorite artwork out of 65 entries on display. All the artwork was popular and there were many favorites, but the winner of the People’s Choice Award was the Bufflehead by Richard Clifton. Mickey Shilling took second with his Pacific Giant Octopus painting.

See photos of all the 2018 contest entries:

The art show was held at Duck Pond Cellars in conjunction with the release of their Conservation Cuvee – Lot 5. This is the fifth year the winery has produced unique blends of Pinot Noir that feature winning artwork from the Habitat Conservation Stamp art contest. Duck Pond then donates $5 from the sale of each bottle to ODFW’s Conservation Program.

“We look forward to the art show with Duck Pond every year,” said Andrea Hanson, ODFW Conservation Strategy Coordinator. “It is a great way to bring attention to some of Oregon’s amazing fish and wildlife that need our help, and gives us a chance to meet many new people who are also interested in Oregon’s natural wonders.”

Conservation Cuvee – Lot 5 features the 2017 Habitat Conservation Stamp winning artwork of Ferruginous Hawk by Craig Fairbert. Conservation Cuvee can be purchased.at the Duck Pond Cellars tasting room and through its Conservation Cuvee website.

To see all photos of the event itself, click here.

Habitat Conservation Stamp

The Habitat Conservation Stamp and art prints feature species identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy as species in need of help, such as Acorn Woodpeckers, Pygmy Rabbits, Northern Red-legged Frogs, Coho Salmon and many others. Revenue helps restore habitats essential to declining or at-risk species. Collector stamps and art prints are available for purchase on the ODFW website.

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Upland Game Bird Stamp

Oregon’s upland game bird stamp art contest first began in 1990 and each year features one of 10 upland game bird species found in Oregon. This year, artists were asked to feature Blue Grouse in its natural habitat setting. Sales of the Upland Game Bird Stamp fund game bird research, surveys, habitat improvement and conservation projects.

Waterfowl Stamp

Sales of the Waterfowl Stamp fund waterfowl management projects including population surveys, banding, and wetland management and enhancement. Artwork featured on previous stamps included geese, ducks and waterfowl hunting dogs. Artists this year could feature Harlequin Duck, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, or Ruddy Duck in their natural habitat.

Hunters who purchased a waterfowl and/or upland validation can request a complementary stamp for the validation they purchased using the form found in the back of the Game Bird Hunting Regulations or online.

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