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Artwork and wine benefit Oregon’s fish and wildlife

SALEM, Ore – Enjoy fish and wildlife art, wine and music at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Art Show and Duck Pond Cellars’ Conservation Cuvee – Lot 5 wine release party. This free, family-friendly event is Saturday, Nov. 4 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Duck Pond Cellars, 23145 Hwy 99W, Dundee.

Artwork submitted by artists competing for ODFW’s 2018 Habitat Conservation, Upland Game Bird, and Waterfowl Stamp contests will be displayed. ODFW will announce the winning entry from each contest which is then used to produce collector stamps and other promotional items with proceeds benefitting Oregon’s fish and wildlife.

Visitors can vote on their favorite artwork for the People’s Choice Award, enjoy live music by Nathan Bottsford, and sample complimentary tastings of Lots 4 and 5 of the Conservation Cuvee.

At the art show, Trevor Chlanda, winemaker for Duck Pond Cellars will release Conservation Cuvee – Lot 5 with the label featuring the 2017 winning artwork of Ferruginous Hawk by Craig Fairbert of Wisconsin.

Conservation Cuvee – Lot 5 is the fifth in a series of Duck Pond Cellars’ specialty wines that benefit Oregon’s wildlife. The winery crafts unique blends of Pinot Noir and donates $5 for each bottle sold to ODFW’s Conservation Program. To date, Duck Pond has donated more than $26,000 which is used to benefit species of greatest conservation need in Oregon.

Conservation Cuvee can be purchased at Duck Pond Cellars or through the winery’s website.

“I was excited for the opportunity to craft the Lot 5 Conservation Cuvée,” Chlanda said. “The partnership we have with ODFW is dear to our entire team, and being able to support the work the agency does is incredible,” he continued.

“This small lot Pinot Noir was crafted using fruit from 12 blocks in our family-owned vineyard in Southern Oregon. The cuvée is a fine example of an Oregon Pinot noir. It’s delicate, and yet is generous in the aromas and flavors of cherry blossom, raspberry, and strawberry with hints of sandalwood and spice on the finish,” Chlanda noted.

Please dress warmly as the event will be held in the winery’s production cellar. Check Duck Pond Cellars’ website for more information on their conservation efforts.

More information on ODFW’s stamp art:

Habitat Conservation Stamp
This stamp and art prints feature wildlife identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy as species of greatest conservation need such as the Kit Fox, Western Painted Turtle, Chinook Salmon and many others. Revenue helps restore habitats essential to declining or at-risk species native to Oregon. Purchase a Habitat Conservation Stamp or art print.

Waterfowl Stamp
This year, artists were asked to feature Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, or Harlequin Duck in their natural habitat. Sales of this stamp fund waterfowl management projects such as population surveys, banding, and wetland management and enhancement. For example, beginning in 2018, wetland rejuvenation and enhancement projects at Klamath and Fern Ridge Wildlife Areas will get underway. These projects were funded in part by sales of the Waterfowl Stamp. Purchase a Waterfowl Stamp.

Upland Game Bird Stamp
Artists were asked this year to showcase Blue Grouse in its natural habitat. The sale of upland game bird stamps funds game bird research, surveys, habitat improvement and conservation projects. Stamp sales are also used to purchase birds for 11 youth upland hunts around the state, to promote game bird hunting opportunities, and to support the Upland Cooperative Access Program in the Columbia Basin. Purchase and Upland Game Bird Stamp.