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News Release Date: Nov. 12, 2004
Jennifer Reynolds, Media Specialist ~ (909) 307-2669 ext. 278 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462. ~
Robert McKernan, Museum Director ~ (909) 307-2669 ext. 263 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.

Event dates: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Wetlands and Waterfowl at County Museum

Museum Director Robert McKernan will present two talks on the subject of waterfowl and wetlands at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. On Saturday, November 13 at 1 p.m. he will speak on “Waterfowl and Duck Stamps.” On Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m. his topic will be “Wetland Conservation and Duck Stamps.” Each talk is free with museum admission.

Duck stamps are not postage stamps; rather, they are revenue stamps sold annually to licensed waterfowl hunters. Proceeds from the sale of duck stamps, which are also popular among collectors and conservationists, are the single largest source of revenue for the purchase and conservation of wetlands in the United States. Today 1.7 million stamps are sold each year. As of 2003, Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $600 million used to preserve over 5 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the United States. Many of the more than 540 national wildlife refuges have been paid for all or in part by Duck Stamp money.

“Inland Southern California lies under a major flyway for waterfowl species,” said McKernan. “Literally tens of millions of ducks, geese, and other waterfowl cross our region during migrations twice yearly, stopping at wetlands such as near San Jacinto and at the Salton Sea. This habitat is crucial to the survival of these species, and these species are beloved by bird watchers, conservationists, and hunters alike.”

Each year the federal government sponsors an art contest for the design of the annual Duck Stamp. The top entries from the competition are shown at the county museum in their first west coast exhibition, this year from November 18 through 28. The museum will also exhibit winning entries from state and federal Junior Duck Stamp competitions from November 9 through 21. The winning artist for this year’s federal duck stamp competition, Mark Anderson, will be at the museum during its annual Wildlife Art Festival, November 19, 20, and 21.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $6 (adult), $5 (student or senior), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free, and everyone will be admitted free on Sunday, September 5. Parking is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. The museum’s Garden Café will be open for lunch and snacks between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, visit or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.


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