RENO — The Nevada Waterfowl Association has selected the snow goose for this year’s Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest.
The 2013 Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest is sanctioned by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners and the winning artwork will become the 2013-2014 state stamp.
All interested artists, regardless of residence, are encouraged to enter the contest.
Entries must be an original creation, in any drawing medium and must be received by the Nevada Department of Wildlife no later than Oct. 19.
Contest rules are available on the NDOW website at http://www.ndow.org/wild/stamp, or by calling 775-688-1998 for more information.
The snow goose, is a North American species of goose.
Its name derives from the typically white plumage. Snow geese that migrate through Nevada are part of the Western Arctic popula-tion of lesser snow geese. Most, 95 percent of the total, of this population of snow geese nest in the Egg River colony on Banks Island, with smaller colonies on the Anderson River delta and at Kendall Island in the Mackenzie River delta, all of which are in northwestern Canada. The Western Arctic population of lesser snow geese winters mainly in the Central Valley of California, but as the population continues to grow, their wintering distribution is shifting more and more eastward.
The snow goose has two color plumage morphs, white or gray/blue , thus the common description as “snows” and “blues.” White-morph birds are white except for black wing tips, but blue-morph geese have bluish-grey plumage replacing the white except on the head, neck and tail tip. Both snow and blue phases have rose-red feet and legs, and pink bills with black edges. They are very vocal and can often be heard from more than a mile away.
Entries will be judged by seven individuals, including two members of the NBWC and five others as appointed by the Nevada Waterfowl Association. The names of the top ten finalists will be announced by NDOW on November 19, 2012.
In the state of Nevada, any person 12-64 years old who hunts any migratory bird except mourning or white-winged dove, snipe, coot or moorhen (gallinule) is required to purchase a state duck stamp.
The stamp costs $10.
Money from the sale of Nevada Duck Stamps is used for projects approved by the commission for the protection and propagation of migratory game birds, and for the acquisition, development and preservation of wetlands in Nevada.