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Artists invited to submit paintings of the ʻiʻiwi and chukar partridge for wildlife stamps

Ann Tanimoto-Johnson
An ʻiʻiwi or scarlet honeycreeper.

The state is inviting artists to submit paintings of local birds to be featured on stamps for hunting licenses.

Winners of the Department of Land and Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife's annual art contest will appear on the 2022-23 Hawaii Wildlife Conservation and Game Bird stamps.

For the wildlife conservation stamp, a requirement on Hawaiʻi state hunting licenses, the ʻiʻiwi is the bird of choice. As HPR's Manu Minute reports, the ʻiʻwi gets its name from the bright red plumage on its body.

The game bird stamp, a requirement for anyone intending to hunt game birds, will feature a chukar partridge.

The chukar partridge is not native to Hawaiʻi but can be found on all of the islands. The role of the bird in facilitating seed dispersal and germination of native plant species has been found to be beneficial in restoring degraded ecosystems, the DLNR said.

Game Bird Stamp Winner 2021 2022
Department of Land and Natural Resources
Game bird stamp winner for 2021-2022, Timothy Turenne. Turenne’s winning submission featured the Kalij pheasant, a popular game bird from southern Asia.

Both stamps will be available to stamp collectors, the DLNR said.

Painting submissions must be received by Feb. 25, 2022, and the winners will be announced in March. Winners will receive up to $1,000. Click here for the application.

For the 2021-2022 contest, Timothy Turenne's painting of a Kalij pheasant was featured on the game bird stamp and Michael Bailey's painting of a mouflon-feral hybrid sheep was featured on the conservation stamp.

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