FARGO- The 2022 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest will be held Sept. 23-24 at the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck, Audubon Dakota, announced Tuesday, Aug. 2 in a press release.
The Prairie Pothole Joint Venture will host this year’s contest and has invited a number of partners, including Audubon Dakota, to organize events that celebrate and raise awareness of the Federal Duck Stamp, one of the most successful conservation programs of the history of our country.
As part of the contest, Audubon Dakota will host “Grazing the Grasslands,” a wildlife and working lands tour, at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Black Leg Ranch in McKenzie, North Dakota, and “Ducks at Daybreak,” a Birding Adventure Guided Tour at 8 a.m. Friday, September 23 at Atkinson Park in Bismarck. Both events are family friendly and open to the public; registration is mandatory. Everyone who registers to attend will be entered to win a $50 Scheels gift card. A winner will be randomly selected at each event but must be present to win.
Here is an overview of each of the Audubon events
Join Audubon Dakota and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 21 to learn about conservation strategies and wildlife management at Black Leg Ranch near McKenzie, North Dakota . Grazing the Grasslands will include a ranch tour, presentations, dinner, and a Birds and Brew social.
The ranch tour will be led by members of the Doan family, owners and operators of Black Leg Ranch; and staff from Audubon Dakota, North Dakota Game and Fish, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Dinner will be served immediately after the ranch tour at Copper Jewel, the event location at Black Leg Ranch. Guests can sample Audubon-certified beef and beer will be available for purchase at their on-site brewery. Attendees will receive a free ACR pint glass to take home.
This event is family-friendly, educational, and focused on showcasing not only the benefits of the Federal Duck Stamp, but also the conservation efforts of the Black Leg Ranch.
Tickets include dinner for the evening and cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
Join Audubon Dakota from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 23 for a guided birding adventure along the 1.65-mile Atkinson Nature Park Trail. Atkinson Nature Park is part of the Urban Woods and Prairies Initiative, a collaborative project between Audubon Dakota and the Bismarck Park District to restore grasslands and woodlands in the town of Bismarck. Other UWP participating cities include Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks, Minot, Valley City and Jamestown.
Bring the family and learn about birding from the experts. Participants should bring a pair of binoculars; a limited number is provided. Refreshments will be served. All skills welcome; registration required.
Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
For more information on Audubon events scheduled for the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, contact Amanda Booher of Audubon Dakota at [email protected] or by phone at (937) 474-7509.