The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the city of Bloomington Minnesota, are hosting the 2008 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest this weekend (Oct. 17 and 18) at Bloomington Center for the Arts.
The winning design chosen during the contest will be made into the 2009 - 2010 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or "Duck Stamp" the cornerstone of one of the world's most successful conservation programs (a GREAT gift for any time of the year for birders, wildlife watchers, and hunters--and you're giving back to birds and wildlife at the same time).
I wish I could go to this, but will be in Ohio. If anyone is around in the Twin Cities this weekend, check it out. If you cannot make it to the BCA, you can view the finalists here. I personally hope one of the ruddy duck paintings make it.