Wildlife Habitat Canada Announces Quebec Artist as Winning Entry
The 2023 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Impression will feature a pair of Ring-necked Ducks painted by Isabelle Collin of Quebec. A panel of expert judges selected Collin’s painting titled “Boreal Fog: Ring-necked Ducks” from dozens of entries.
All waterfowl hunters in Canada must purchase the stamp to validate their migratory bird hunting permits. Since the program’s inception in 1985, stamp and impression sales have generated more than $55 million. The funds are administered by Wildlife Habitat Canada and have been invested to support nearly 2,000 conservation projects across Canada, including Delta Waterfowl’s Duck Production and HunteR3 initiatives.
“The duck seals in both countries are truly a conservation legacy that hunters should be tremendously proud of,” said Jim Fisher, Delta Waterfowl’s vice president of Canadian policy. “Hunters give back in many ways and this is a great example of that.”
This will be the first time the ring-necked duck has appeared on the Canadian stamp since 1998.
The 2023 “Boreal Mist—Ring-necked Ducks” winning painter, Isabelle Collin, is a Canadian artist who grew up in the Saguenay region of Canada and was fascinated by the living world from an early age. She has a background in architecture and medicine, which has led her to practice and teach family medicine as well as to illustrate books dedicated to teaching the medical clinical approach. Collin has been continually inspired by the life and art of Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman, and she highlights her own passion for the natural experience through her artwork.
For information on the availability of stamps, prints and other related products, visit: whc.org.—Christy Sweigart