Springfield Science Museum, Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Second Floor
These original paintings of antique waterfowl decoy were created for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s annual competition to design the stamp which hunters purchase to permit them to hunt waterfowl. Proceeds from stamp purchases fund the acquisition and protection of wetlands essential to the life cycle of migratory waterfowl.
The Massachusetts stamp is the only waterfowl stamp in the country requiring the design to be of working decoys – ducks, geese or shorebirds – made by deceased Massachusetts decoy makers. The exhibit includes the winning artist’s work plus all other qualifying entries. The exhibit also includes 24 entries by students in grades K-12 who participated in the junior division competition. Also on display are modern duck decoys and mounted specimens of waterfowl from the museum collections.
Sponsored by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and Ducks Unlimited.