A painting of a lesser scaup by John Nelson Harris of Groveland, Fla., was chosen as the winner of the 2014 California Duck Stamp Contest. The Lesser Scaup prefers freshwater and is one of the most abundant and widespread of the diving ducks in North America.
The painting will become the official design for the 2014-2015 stamp. Since 1971, the California Duck Stamp Program’s annual contest has attracted top wildlife artists from around the country.
In the past, hunters were required to purchase and affix the stamp to their hunting licenses. Though that’s no longer required, the CDFW still produces them as collector stamps, which can be requested on its website at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/collectorstamps.
All proceeds generated from stamp sales go directly to waterfowl conservation projects throughout California.