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Outdoors notebook: Artist’s work selected for duck stamp

All can now see and obtain the 2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp that illustrates Olean wildlife artist Jennifer Miller’s winning entry of a pair of ruddy ducks.

Miller is the first woman artist from New York State to win this yearly U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service competition for the stamp’s art work. She competed with 188 artists submitting entries, finished in the final round of 17 and her work was chosen as this year’s stamp art.

She is just the third woman artist to win this honor since the federal stamp-art competition began in 1934.

Her success at wildlife art work has led to her forming Featherdust Studio (, but folks can meet her and view her works during a One-Woman-Two-Day Show the Great Swamp Conservancy in Canastota is hosting daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next weekend.

Miller will have her works on display and for sale in signed, serial-numbered prints.

The Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $25, went on sale June 26 and will be available at this show or at any U.S. Post Office.

Proceeds from this show go to wetland conservation education as part of the conservancy’s “Year of the Duck Program,” a special wetlands waterfowl program. For details, visit

Free exams

The Department of Environmental Conservation is offering free exams to all interested in license/certification in Apprentice Falconry, or as a Wildlife Rehabilitator or Leashed Tracking Dog Handler.

The tests will be administered at DEC regional headquarters across the state from 10 a.m. until noon on Aug. 14.

Applications for these free exams must be submitted by Friday. For test locations and submission details, call (518) 402-8985 or visit the DEC Web site and scroll to the Special Licenses Unit page.

Sky highs

Tifft Nature Preserve and Buffalo Harbor Park co-host the Second Annual Sky’s the Limit celebration on the grounds of both sites from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday.

This free event features family-friendly air, wind and flight-themed activities such as kit flying. For more details, call 825-6397 or visit

Bird count

Children of all ages can sharpen their sightings of birds during the Buffalo Audubon Society’s Christmas in July Bird Count for Kids set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java.

Kids start with a binocular boot camp to learn how to focus on bird life and other bird-watching tips.

The gathering includes games, prize awards and a rare Santa visit. To pre-register a youth for this free event, call (585) 457-3228 or email:

Paddle Niagara

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper gets rowing with its Tenth Anniversary Paddles Up Niagara event on the southern shore of Grand Island Saturday.

Activities begin with an Early Morning Poker Run from East River Marsh from 7 to 9:15 a.m. A Paddle Fair, featuring product demos and paddling instruction from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., includes a WEKANU paddling demonstration, a group photo and Native American Departure Ceremony.

A lunch Fundraiser and tour of River Lea House begins at 1 p.m. For complete details, call 773-9680 or visit