Conservation artist's Florida shot selected for Federal Duck Stamp cachet
Friday, July 30, 2010
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David Moynahan's sun-drenched photograph of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is helping protect Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast wetlands.
The conservation photographer from Crawfordville, who works part-time for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), attended a press event earlier this week in Memphis, where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thanked him for allowing the agency to use his photo on the first-of-its-kind, special edition Federal Duck Stamp cachet (envelope).
The decorative envelope will be sold to conservationists, hunters, birders, the general public and those who collect Federal Duck Stamps, officially known as Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps.
"I was happy to be able to contribute in yet another small way toward healing the Gulf and protecting her shores," Moynahan said on his David Moynahan Photography blog, which is filled with samples of his stunning photography.
The special envelope sells for $25, which is $10 more than the standard duck stamps. The funds will be used to acquire wetlands for inclusion in national wildlife refuges along the Gulf Coast. Duck stamps have been a conservation tradition since 1934.
While the FWC partnered with the federal agency in 2007 and launched an E-Duck Stamp program to sell stamps electronically through the FWC's licensing system, license.myfwc.com, only the stamps, not the special edition envelope, can be purchased this way.
To purchase the special edition cachet, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's distributor at 800-852-4897 or at www.duckstamp.com.
"FWC Commissioners honored Moynahan's outstanding work a couple of years ago because his pictures capture the mesmerizing beauty of Florida," said Jerrie Lindsey, director of the FWC's Office of Recreation Services. She said his photographs have helped the FWC educate the public about the state's wildlife and habitats and the need to protect them.
Moynahan's works appear regularly in Florida Wildlife, the FWC's award-winning, glossy, bi-monthly magazine.
"I felt like a VIP at the press event in Memphis," Moynahan said. He got to shake hands with Ken Salazar, secretary of the Department of the Interior; Evan Hirsche, president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association; and Rowan Gould, acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. And his photograph, printed on silk and set in an embossed gold frame, was center stage.