The Nevada Waterfowl Association (NWA) has selected the common goldeneye as the species for this year’s Nevada Duck Stamp Art Contest.
The contest is sanctioned by the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners (NBWC), with the winning artwork to be featured on the 2018-2019 state stamp.
All interested artists are encouraged to enter the contest, whether residing in Nevada or elsewhere. Entries must be an original creation, in any drawing medium and must be received by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) no later than October 20, 2017. Contest rules are available on the NDOW website at ndow.org, or by calling (775) 688-1998 for more information.
The goldeneye gets its name from its bright yellow eyes. They are a medium sized duck with large heads. The male goldeneye has a black-green head with a white circular patch between the eye and its bill. Its back is black; the wings are both black and white, while the breast is almost all white.
They are diving ducks that will usually forage in flocks. The goldeneye is also a fast flier with their wings making a distinctive whistling sound when they are in flight.
Entries will be judged by seven individuals, including two members of the NBWC and five others as appointed by the NWA. The names of the top ten finalists will be announced by NDOW on November 17, 2017.
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. 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.
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