2023 Canadian Duck Stamp to Feature Ring-necked Ducks

Wildlife Habitat Canada announces artist from Quebec as winning entry

Isabelle Collin’s painting titled “Boreal Mist—Ring-necked Ducks will feature as Canada's 2023 Duck Stamp

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 2023

The 2023 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print will feature a pair of ring-necked ducks painted by Isabelle Collin of Quebec. A panel of expert judges selected Collin’s painting titled “Boreal Mist—Ring-necked Ducks,” from dozens of entries.

All waterfowlers in Canada are required to purchase the stamp to validate their migratory bird hunting permits. Since the program’s inception in 1985, stamp and print sales have generated over $55 million. The funds are administered by Wildlife Habitat Canada and have been invested to support nearly 2,000 conservation projects across Canada including Delta Waterfowl’s Duck Production and HunteR3 initiatives.

“The duck stamps in both countries are truly a conservation legacy that hunters should be tremendously proud of,” said Jim Fisher, vice president of Canadian policy for Delta Waterfowl. “Hunters give back in many ways and this is a great example of just that.”

This will be the first time the ring-necked duck has been featured on the Canadian stamp since 1998.

The 2023 winning painter of “Boreal Mist—Ring-necked Ducks”, Isabelle Collin, is a Canadian artist who grew up in the Saguenay region of Canada and found herself fascinated by the living world from an early age. She is trained in architecture and medicine, which has led her to practice and teach family medicine as well as illustrate books dedicated to the teaching of the medical clinical approach. Collin has continually drawn inspiration from the life and art of Canadian artist and naturalist, Robert Bateman, and highlights her own passion for the natural experience through her artwork.

For information on the availability of stamps, prints, and other related products, visit: whc.org.—Christy Sweigart