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Migratory Bird Stamp & Artwork

Meet the 2023 Washington State Duck Stamp Competition Winner and Washington Waterfowl Association's Artist of the Year:

John Nelson Harris

John Nelson Harris is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, and he has been successfully designing waterfowl conservation stamps for well over 20 years. He is also an outdoorsman and profoundly believes in conserving wildlife and their habitats. In fact, over the past two decades, John’s artwork has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for conservation groups in Canada and the United States.

Although many of his painting techniques are self-taught, John honed his artistic skills through years of formal training. He attended Brevard State College and then achieved a Bachelor’s degree. He then pursued a Fine Arts degree from the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida, graduating with Honors in 1984.

As a freelance artist, John competes in several yearly Wildlife Art conservation stamp and print contests. Over the years, many of his paintings have been displayed at shows such as the Society of Animal Artist exhibits, and the prestigious Birds in Arts exhibit held each year at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.

To receive a complimentary Duck Stamp, mail a copy of your license with a self addressed stamped envelope by March 31, 2024.

Mail to:

Washington Waterfowl Association

Duck Stamp Program

PO Box 7823

Bonney Lake, WA 98391

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Washington Migratory Bird Permit and Artwork Dollars at Work

Thank You Migratory Bird Hunters of Washington!

Every year the revenue from migratory bird permits and artwork have been responsible for improvements in the quality and quantity of wetland habitats in Washington—for the benefit of migratory birds like waterfowl, coot, snipe, mourning dove, band-tailed pigeon and others!

Wetland habitats throughout Washington are critical to not only our breeding populations, but birds that are visitors from Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia—more than 35 species! It is only through a network of wetlands that we sustain these populations into the future.

You contribute to this international effort every year by purchasing your Migratory Bird Permit!

But Did You Know? You and others can also promote waterfowl conservation through art!

By giving someone you know waterfowl artwork you pass along the story and importance of wetland stewardship. To learn more and continue this waterfowl legacy, please visit the WDFW website ( and see available artwork at Washington Waterfowl Association’s website (