Six-year-old Junior Duck Stamp Winner
Six-year-old Madison Grimm of South Dakota painted the canvasback duck that will appear on the 2013-14 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The boy’s oil painting was judged the winner among Best-of-Show entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
More than 29,000 students participated in state Junior Duck Stamp competitions. The winner receives $5,000; second place, $3,000; third place, $2,000; and $500 for the winning conservation message.
Peter Coulter, 17, of Washington, MO, won second place with an acrylic painting depicting a pair of snow geese.
Third place went to Drake Schlosser, 17, of Rubicon, WI, for his acrylic rendition of a common goldeneye.
The 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Message Contest winner was 13-year-old Nick Kolkmeyer from Union, KY, with his entry: “Nature is our history, conservation is our future.”
Proceeds from the sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education, including production of a new Junior Duck Stamp curriculum combining the arts and science. An emphasis on "nature journals" provides students with opportunities to sharpen their observation skills. Included in the 10 lessons plans are activities related to migratory birds; the mysteries of migration; requirements for adequate habitat and; the ways young people can help conserve these species in their own back yards, school yards, and neighborhoods. Supplemental guides focusing on homeschools and informal education settings such as nature centers, national wildlife refuges and after-school programs are also now available. The new curriculum guides may be downloaded from www.fws.gov/juniorduck.
The First Day of Sale Ceremony for the 2013-2014 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps will be held June 28, at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Ashland, VA. It is free and open to the public. Both the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp artists will be available to sign stamps, and the U.S. Postal Service will have a special cancellation for collectors.
Originally created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today as vital tools for wetland conservation. Ninety-eightcents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Photos of Best-of-Show entries