Participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Program is a unique opportunity for youth in grades kindergarten through 12 to engage in the outdoors, explore the natural world, and learn about waterfowl and habitat conservation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2014 North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Entries can be submitted now through March 15, 2014.Posted November 8, 2013
Participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Program is a unique opportunity for youth in grades kindergarten through 12 to engage in the outdoors, explore the natural world, and learn about waterfowl and habitat conservation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2014 North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Entries can be submitted now through March 15, 2014.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has held a Junior Duck Stamp Contest in North Dakota since 1993. Last year, Destiny Winkler, from Valley City won the North Dakota contest with a colored pencil drawing of a white-fronted goose. The conservation message winner, Keaton Nelsen from Leeds, is helping to promote conservation awareness through his statement, “Preserving wildlife habitat today is necessary to ensure this great resource for tomorrow.”
This dynamic educational program uses both conservation and design principles to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to youth. The program provides an opportunity for students to artistically express their knowledge of the diversity, interdependence and beauty of wildlife.
Students may submit artwork that features a native North American waterfowl species from the following groups: whistling ducks, swans, geese, brant, dabbling ducks, diving ducks, sea ducks, mergansers, stiff tails, or Hawaiian ducks. A full list of permitted species is available online at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.
Artwork entries will be judged on the basis of original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1” by 1.5” stamp. Along with the art, a conservation message written by one of the participants will be selected. Five judges from throughout North Dakota will judge the artwork in late March 2014 at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge
Student’s artwork will be judged in four age groups according to grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Three first, three second and three third place entries, along with 16 honorable mentions will be selected from each age group. A “Best of Show” from the twelve first place winners will be selected and submitted to the Federal Duck Stamp Office and entered into the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest held in April at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.
The first place art from the national contest is used to create a National Junior Duck Stamp each year. The Junior Duck Stamp is available for $5 from the U.S. Postal Service and from many National Wildlife Refuges. Proceeds from the sale of the stamps support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for participating students, teachers and schools.
A downloadable entry form and information on contest rules and regulations for teachers, parents, or other supervising adults can be found online at www.fws.gov/juniorduck. For additional information or if you have questions regarding your student’s or school’s participation in the Junior Duck Stamp contest, please contact your State Coordinator, Jackie Jacobson at 701/442-5474 ext. 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries and reference forms should be postmarked by March 15, 2014 and mailed to:
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge
ND Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator
3275 11th St. NW
Coleharbor, ND 58531