A colorful, beautifully detailed trio of wood ducks resting on a tree trunk during a foggy morning will grace the 34th Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print for 2018.
The winning painting, “Autumn Colors – Wood Duck,” is an acrylic work by Pierre Girard of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. A veteran duck stamp competitor, Girard draws inspiration from beautiful landscapes and contrasting colors. He’s been a wildlife artist since 1985.
Available for $8.50, the stamps are primarily purchased by waterfowl hunters to validate their migratory game bird hunting permits. Since 1985, stamp sales have generated $50 million in support of more than 1,500 Wildlife Habitat Canada conservation projects — including Delta Waterfowl’s Hunter Education and Recruitment Initiative, Hen Houses and breeding duck habitat conservation in Alberta.
Girard’s entry won in a field of more than 40 Canadian wildlife artists at Wildlife Habitat Canada’s annual art competition. Artists vying for the 2019 stamp will depict canvasbacks.
Collector stamps and artist prints are available at whc.org/store.