OGDEN — Weber State University will host the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition on Sept. 28 and 29.

The winning design will be made into the 2013-2014 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. The stamps are not valid for postage. Proceeds from purchases of the “Duck Stamp” are used to manage wildlife habitat across the nation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it selected the university because it provided an excellent venue to bridge the gap between young artists and adults and will bring the Duck Stamp conservation message to a wider audience.

“It will not only raise awareness for our students and community about the value the duck stamp has for conservation, but this location will also bring attention to the importance of Great Salt Lake for waterfowl,” said Dr. John Cavitt, WSU zoology professor and co-sponsor of the judging event.

Since its conception in 1934 by noted cartoonist and conservationist J. N. “Ding” Darling, the Duck Stamp has raised over $750 million for approximately 8 million acres of habitat conservation.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City, Ouray National Wildlife Refuge in Randlett, and Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge in Dugway, are among the Utah sites which have benefited from these sales.