By Dan Armitage, host of sporty buckeyeOhio’s oldest outdoor radio broadcast
Jeffrey Klinefelter’s painting of three Lesser Scaup was selected as the winner of the 2022 Ohio Wetland Habitat Stamp Design Contest, and I challenge you to tell his amazing painting apart from a photograph of the real thing. His portrayal of the water surrounding the trio of ducks was enough on its own to force me to do a double take.
Klinefelter’s artwork will be featured on the Ohio Wetlands Habitat stamp to be issued in fall 2023. Judges selected Klinefelter’s painting from a field of six original pieces from
artwork. Second place was a tie between John Roberts of Michigan for his American Wigeon painting and Frank Dolphens of Nebraska for his Green-Winged Teal painting. Indiana’s Klinefelter is a six-time winner, most recently in 2019.
The Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp program has raised $10.9 million for wetland conservation since 1982. Proceeds from the sale of the stamps help fund vital wetland habitat restoration projects in Ohio. These habitats are important for many resident wildlife species, including state-threatened trumpeter swans, wetland birds, amphibians, and migratory species.
The contest was held at the Ducks Unlimited state convention in Columbus on February 19. Judges for this year’s event included:
• Carrie Elvey, Wilderness Center Senior Naturalist
• Doug Erwin, Ohio environmentalist and Ducks Unlimited Lifetime Patron
• Jeff Herrick, Columbiana County Federation of Conservation Clubs Committee Chair and former Wildlife Division staff member
• Steve Jacks, Logan County Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever Committee Chair, and former Wildlife Division staff member
• Ernie Wallace, taxidermist and ecologist from Ohio.
The Ohio Wetland Habitat Stamp costs $15 and is required for anyone 18 or older hunting waterfowl and migratory birds in Buckeye State. The stamp is also purchased by many birdwatchers who wish to make a voluntary contribution to the wetland habitat. For more information and to purchase a stamp — or just get a closer view of the painting — visit wildohio.gov.
Speaking of ducks and wildlife art…
Bait lovers gather
The Ohio Decoy Collectors & Carvers Association and the Great Lakes Decoy
The association will join forces to offer the 43rd Vintage Decoys & Wildlife Art Exhibit and Sale March 19-20 at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South in Independence. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, admission is $5 on weekends, and children 17 and under are admitted free. Visit odcca.net for schedule and show details.
State Park Photos Wanted
Speaking of wildlife photography, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Craft Division is accepting submissions for the 2022 Ohio State Parks Photo Contest through March 28.
The agency accepts photos that fall into the following categories:
• Wildlife in action
• Leisure in the parks
• Wonderful water
• Novice Naturalist
• Explore the trails.
Visitors can submit up to five photos in the free contest and each image must have been taken after Jan. 1, 2021 at one of the state’s 75 parks and waterways. Submission forms and contest rules are available at ohiodnr.gov. Submissions must be made by March 28 and the final winners will be announced by May 12.
The competition is co-sponsored by US eDirect, ODNR’s reservation management provider. The grand prize is a collapsible Oru kayak and a $120 Ohio State Parks gift certificate. Prizes will also be awarded to the second and third place winners. People’s Choice Award winners in each category will receive a free night of camping at any Ohio State Park campground.
Funding for Great Lakes “Areas of Concern”
President Joe Biden has announced that $1 billion in funding from his administration’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act will go towards cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes.
“This is going to enable the most significant restoration of the Great Lakes in Great Lakes history,” Biden said during his recent visit to Lorain to make the announcement.
The bulk of the funding is intended to restore what the Environmental Protection Agency has identified as severely degraded “areas of concern”. The administration projects that funding from the Infrastructure Act — combined with funds from annual appropriations from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other sources — should enable the restoration of at least 22 Areas of Concern in Wisconsin. , New York, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois by 2030, with infrastructure funding also benefiting three additional sites over the same period.
Ohio trappers at the rendezvous
The Ohio State Trappers Association (OSTA) will hold its annual dinner Saturday, March 19, “In the Barn” at All Occasions Catering located at 6989 Waldo-Delaware Rd. in Waldo, 43356, where doors open at 4 a.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 6:15 a.m. Events include silent and live games, raffles and auctions.
Seats are limited to 300 and tickets are $25 per person. Table packages can be reserved for 8 for $200 or for 9 for $225. The package includes dinner tickets, 40 general raffle tickets and a ticket to win a table captains-only prize – a Heritage Rough Rider!
For tickets, call, text or email Dave Linkhart, 937-903-7688; Karen Stewart-Linkhart 937-371-3759; or email [email protected]