DEEP: CT Duck Stamp

Connecticut Migratory Bird
 Conservation Stamp Art Contest
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection holds an annual artistic competition to determine the images for the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation (Duck) Stamp.
Contest Entries for the 2020 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation (Duck) Stamp 

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In the final year of the current format for the Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest, a panel of judges selected a depiction of a pair of wood ducks painted by Frank Dolphens, Jr., of Omaha, NE, as the winner of DEEP's 2019 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation (Duck) Stamp Art Contest. In a fitting result for the final year of the current format, a pair of wood ducks adorned the first Duck Stamp print in 2012 when the current artistic contest was initiated. Second place went to JB Basham of North Myrtle Beach, SC, with his painting of a pair of Canada geese, while Broderick Crawford of Clayton, GA, took third with his painting of blue-winged teal. Paintings were judged in six categories: suitability for reproduction, composition, habitat suitability for that species, anatomical correctness, eye appeal, originality, and whether a recognizable Connecticut landmark or habitat was used. Frank’s wood duck painting will be the image for the 2020 Connecticut Duck Stamp.
Changes Planned for the 2021 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp: Starting in 2021, the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp will feature the winning artwork from the Connecticut Junior Duck Stamp Competition. This change is being made so that future stamps will feature artwork from Connecticut artists, while at the same time encourage conservation awareness in young people through the Junior Duck Stamp Program. Every student, from kindergarten through high school, who participates in the Junior Duck Stamp Competition is provided with a limited curriculum on wetland conservation, waterfowl, and nature in general. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles, and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others. As the use of technology has increased, a general connection with nature and the outdoors has decreased. It is anticipated that in some small part, this program can help connect young people with the natural world.
Connecticut Junior Duck Stamp Competition {Connecticut Waterfowl Association logo}
Young Connecticut artists in kindergarten through grade twelve are encouraged to submit their artwork of a waterfowl species in the Connecticut Junior Duck Stamp competition sponsored by the Connecticut Waterfowl Association (CWA). Students are judged in four groups according to grade level. Three first, second, and third place entries are selected for each group. A “Best of Show” is selected by the judges from the 12 first-place winners. The “Best of Show” is then entered into the national Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Starting in 2021 Connecticut's Best of Show will also be featured on the Connecticut Duck Stamp.) The first place design from the nationwide contest is used to create a national Junior Duck Stamp for the following year. Junior Duck Stamps are sold by the U.S. Postal Service for $5 each. Proceeds support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for the students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program.
The Connecticut Junior Duck Stamp Program, which is administered by the Connecticut Waterfowl Association (CWA), will begin awarding monetary scholarships to the schools with winners from each age category (kindergarten-3rd grade, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12). The Connecticut Waterfowlers Association, a conservation group created in 1967 dedicated to wetlands and waterfowl conservation, has administered this Program since its beginning in 1987.
The deadline for submitting artwork for the 2019 Junior Duck Stamp Competition has passed. Questions and artwork should be submitted to the Connecticut Waterfowl Association, c/o Chris Samorajczyk, 29 Bowers Hill Rd., Oxford, CT 06478.
More information about the national Junior Duck Stamp Program is on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.
Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamps
 from 1993 through 2020

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Protect Our Cherished Wildlife Habitat -- Purchase a CT Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp!
Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp dollars deliver results for wildlife and habitat! Migratory bird hunters are required to purchase a Connecticut stamp to participate in migratory bird hunting seasons. Other licensed hunters are encouraged to purchase a Connecticut Duck Stamp (even if they do not participate in the migratory bird hunting seasons) to show their support for the conservation and purchase of wetland habitats. Hunters can purchase stamps for $17 each wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold: participating town clerks, participating retail agents, DEEP License and Revenue (79 Elm Street in Hartford), and through the Online Sportsmen Licensing System.
Nonhunters and others who wish to support wetland habitat protection can also purchase Connecticut stamps for $17 from the Online Sportsmen Licensing System under the "Other" category. Those who are not already licensed hunters or anglers will need to get a Conservation ID number to use the site. Stamps can also be purchased at DEEP License and Revenue in person or by sending a check for $17 to DEEP License and Revenue, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106 (ordered stamps will be sent through the mail).
The Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Program is a great example of how conservation works -- concerned citizens paying into a program that was formed to protect and enhance vital habitat. Over 3,145 acres of critical wetlands have been protected in our state using Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp funds. These wetlands benefit not only waterfowl, but also a multitude of other wildlife species like herons, egrets, fish, and amphibians.
History of CT’s Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Program
{1999 CT Duck Stamp} The Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Program was initiated in the early 1990s when concerned sportsmen worked with the DEEP to develop legislation that would generate revenue for wetland conservation. Modeled after the federal Duck Stamp Program, the Connecticut program requires the purchase of a state Duck Stamp, along with a hunting license, to legally hunt waterfowl in the state. By state law, funds generated from the sale of Duck Stamps can only be used for the development, management, preservation, conservation, acquisition, purchase, and maintenance of waterfowl habitat and wetlands, as well as the purchase and acquisition of recreational rights or interests relating to migratory birds.
The early state Duck Stamps featured waterfowl art from artists across North America. However, since 2003, the stamp has featured designs from local artists. In an effort to generate more interest in the Duck Stamp Program, with the goal of increasing stamp sales and revenues to improve wetland conservation, the DEEP is returning to the more appealing full-color format for stamps and holding a contest to select the artwork for the stamp. Art enthusiasts, stamp collectors, and conservationists can purchase as many stamps as they wish. Full-color prints may also be available at the discretion of the winning artist.
{2010-2011 CT Duck Stamp}
The first Connecticut Duck Stamp debuted in 1993 with a fee of $5.00. From 1993-2002, the sale of Duck Stamps and prints generated over $1.2 million in revenue. Print sales gradually declined over time and the print program was discontinued with the 2002 Duck Stamp. In order to maintain revenue for growing habitat conservation needs, the cost of the Connecticut stamp was increased to $10 in 2005 and $13 in 2010. Surveys conducted by the DEEP indicated that the majority of waterfowl hunters were behind increased stamp fees. Hunters and conservationists have consistently expressed strong support for the Duck Stamp Program and associated conservation projects. The sale of stamps alone currently generates approximately $50,000 per year.
  • {2000 CT Duck Stamp} Over 3,145 acres of wetlands have been restored or enhanced. Projects have encompassed nearly 50 sites, mostly on state-owned wildlife management areas. In 2011, two more projects, one in Tolland and another in Haddam, were completed using Duck Stamp funds.
  • Specialized large equipment was purchased to conduct extensive marsh restoration work, particularly along the coast.
  • A 75-acre addition to the Wangunk Meadows Wildlife Management Area in Portland was purchased.
  • Duck Stamp funds have generated additional monies for Connecticut through matching grants from federal conservation initiatives. By combining Duck Stamp funds with these additional monies, over $4 million have been available to complete wildlife conservation projects. Thus, Connecticut has received a 4:1 return on Duck Stamp monies.
  • The wetland restoration work funded by Duck Stamps has benefitted many wildlife species, including several designated as species of greatest conservation need in Connecticut’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy.
  • The Duck Stamp Program is a prime example of a user fee program that has greatly benefitted not only wildlife, but also the people of Connecticut by improving the health of our local environments.
Conservation Edition Prints of Migratory Bird Conservation
Stamp Artwork Available for Purchase
{2018 Connecticut Duck Stamp}
Conservation Edition Prints of the 2019 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp created by second time winner Jeffrey Klinefelter are now available in limited quantity. Signed prints sell for $200 each, and all proceeds from the purchase of these spectacular prints will go into the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. Those interested in purchasing a print should contact DEEP Wildlife Division biologist Min Huang at or 860-418-5959.
{2018 Connecticut Duck Stamp}
Conservation Edition Prints of the 2018 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp created by local Connecticut artist Chet Reneson are now available in limited quantity. Signed prints sell for $200 each, and all proceeds from the purchase of these stunning prints will go into the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. Those interested in purchasing a print should contact DEEP Wildlife Division biologist Min Huang at or 860-418-5959.
{2017 Connecticut Duck Stamp}
Conservation Edition prints of the 2017 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp created by Mark Thone are available in limited quantity. Both remarqued and non-remarqued signed prints are available for sale: remarque prints cost $250 and the other versions are $200. Those interested in purchasing a print should email or call 860-418-5959. All proceeds from the purchase of these remarkable prints will go into the Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to be used for the enhancement of wetland and associated upland habitats in our state.
{2015 Connecticut Duck Stamp}
The 2015 Connecticut Duck Stamp print is available from Crittenden Studio. For more information and to order, visit
Content last updated on June 19, 2019.