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May 3, 2018 at 8:01 am

Outdoor Wire Debuts Wildlife Stamp Featuring Biology Student’s Photo

Garter snake photo by Ryan Wagner that will be featured on the 2018 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, showing snake curled up and tongue out.

Garter snake photo by Ryan Wagner that will be featured on the 2018 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp.

The Outdoor Wire reports that “the photo of a garter snake, submitted by Ryan Wagner of North Olmsted in Cuyahoga County, stood out as a winner for the ninth annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Wagner is a sophomore at Ohio University. The first-place photo appears on the 2018 Legacy Stamp, which is now on sale.”

The idea for the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp began as a grassroots effort to inform the public about the need to fund wildlife conservation. Offering the stamp to the public has continued with the positive support of individuals and conservation groups throughout the state.

Fourteen dollars of every $15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp sold are invested in the state’s Wildlife Diversity Fund. This fund supports habitat restoration, wildlife and habitat research projects, creation of wildlife educational materials, as well as efforts that restore and conserve endangered and threatened species. No state tax dollars are contributed to this fund.

Wagner, a Biological Sciences-Wildlife and Conservation major at OHIO, snapped the winning photo during summer fieldwork while the harmless garter “glared defiantly” at him, he said.

Read more about his fieldwork at “Sophomore’s Photo Is 2018 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp.”

Ryan Wagner takes a selfie with a turtle.

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