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I should start with an introduction. My name is Jennifer Miller, I am a strange artist in Western NY that lives in the woods and carries around chickens, and I won the 2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp.
Yeah, wow. I am still reeling, too.
I will follow shortly with a post about how I won, only a week ago, and how my life is already changing. This win is an immense honor, and to be now among some of the top wildlife artists that the US has ever known (both past and present) is a feeling I can not describe. I hope to share with you the whirlwind adventure I am about to begin; an adventure that I never could have realized on my own before this. I will be traveling and also writing from home, expressing the importance of the Federal Duck Stamp program to our vulnerable wetlands, and just how important they are to so many species… including many of North America’s migratory birds.
I am, in truth, a bit unconventional for a stamp winner. I am only the third female artist to win, I am quite a nerd (both for birds as well as other things), and a bit eccentric. In a “Wow I really love moss” sort of way… not the creepy sort of way. I hope.
And I also won with Ruddy Ducks. Did you know Ruddy ducks have only been on three stamps in the last 82 years? I hope we can all collectively show the Ruddy ducks some love (watch this video of a displaying drake, and honestly tell me you don’t love this duck), as well as all of the other thousands of species that benefit from and truthfully depend on our shrinking wetland system. In a time when we are all shaking our heads over the failings of many of our government systems, the duck stamp program actually does good… a lot of good! I’ll get more into that soon, though.
I hope you’ll join me on this wonderful adventure, as this strange and silly bird-brained girl tries to share some Duck Stamp love.
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