Ohio’s 2024 Wetlands Habitat Stamp Winner Features Bufflehead

Mar 5, 2024 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

Ray Easton’s painting of a bufflehead was selected as the winner of the 2024 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition. The painting was selected from 34 entries.

Ray Easton’s painting of a bufflehead duck was selected as the winner of the 2024 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition held on Saturday, Feb. 17, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Easton’s painting will be displayed on the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp that is issued in 2025.

A panel of five judges selected Easton’s artwork from a field of 34 original pieces of art. Easton, from Webster, NY, is a first-time winner of the competition. Second place was awarded to Frank Dolphens Jr. of Omaha, NE, for a painting of three blue-winged teal. John Brennan, of Lutz, FL, won third place with a snow goose painting.

Frank Dolphens Jr. of Omaha, NE, won second place for a painting of three blue-winged teal.

The Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp program has raised more than $11 million for wetland conservation since 1982. Proceeds from stamp sales help fund vital wetland habitat restoration projects. Those projects have restored or enhanced thousands of acres of waterfowl habitat. These habitats are important to many wildlife species, including ducks, swans, sandhill cranes, shorebirds and amphibians.

The competition has been held in conjunction with the Ohio Ducks Unlimited annual convention since 1996. The judges for this year’s event included:

  • Lisa Brohl, Put-in-Bay Township Park District
  • Rick Johansen, Decoy Carver
  • Cathann Kress, Dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • Reece Nickol, Ducks Unlimited Ohio Policy Chair
  • Dick Rhode, Decoy Carver

John Brennan, of Lutz, FL, won third place with a snow goose painting.

The Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp is $15 and is a required purchase for anyone 18 years or older looking to hunt waterfowl in the Buckeye State. The stamp is also purchased by many birders who want to make a contribution to wetland habitat. For more information, visit wildohio.gov.

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