Friday, December 04, 1998Great Falls artist Cliff Rossberg has won Montana's state migratory bird stamp contest for 1999. Based on the decision of a panel of judges in Helena on November 19, his acrylic painting of a pair of Barrow's Goldeneye ducks taking flight will be reproduced as Montana's 1999 migratory bird stamp.
Second place went to Darrell Davis of Helena; in third place was Joe Thornbrugh of Hamilton and fourth place went to Robert Kercher of Great Falls. Thornbrugh won last year's contest.
Rossberg won first place in the Delaware Trout Stamp competition this year and has placed third in the Montana migratory bird stamp competition twice. There were 13 entrants in this year's competition.
The 1985 Legislature gave Fish, Wildlife & Parks the authority to produce and sell the migratory bird stamp. Waterfowl hunters are required to purchase the $5 stamps, and proceeds from sales of the stamps and related artwork each year are used to fund waterfowl habitat improvement projects and develop and enhance wetlands for the long-term benefit of waterfowl in Montana.