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2011 California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Judging Takes Place March 25

Mar 24, 2011

March 23, 2011


Erica Szlosek (916) 978-6159

2011 California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Judging Takes Place March 25

Artwork from school-aged waterfowl artists throughout California will be judged and celebrated during the 21st Annual California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, a two-day event in Sonoma, Calif, March 25 and 26. On Friday, the contest judging will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. followed by a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. The event continues through Saturday, 10 3 p.m., with displays and activities including a viewing of the winning art, live raptors, waterfowl carving demonstration, exhibits, and more. CornerStone’s art galleries, gardens, and the Sonoma Valley Visitor Center will be open.

The formal judging will be done by an expert panel that will select100 winners from approximately 3,000+ entries. The artwork will be judged in four age groups: Kindergarten through third grade; fourth through sixth grade; seventh through ninth grade; and grades 10 through 12. Within these grouping, three first, second and third place winners will be selected; in addition to 16 honorable mention winners. Winning designs receive ribbons and all entrants will receive a certificate of appreciation and awards. One art design will earn the title of California Best of Show title and will be submitted to Washington D.C. to compete with the other states’ Best of Show winners at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pa.,April 15. The national winner’s design will be made into the 2011-2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is a national conservation and education program tailored to students in grades K-12. The unique program is a non-traditional pairing of art and science that spans cultural, ethnic, social, and geographic boundaries to promote awareness of our nation’s resources. Guest presenters and teachers have utilized curriculum activities related to wetlands, waterfowl, and conservation, all culminating in the creation of the waterfowl artwork that is submitted to the contest.

The 100 winning California designs will be a part of a display that will travel throughout the state for one year. For more information or to schedule the traveling art display, please contact the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex at (530) 934-2801.

The 2011 California judging is being cohosted by Sonoma Birding and CornerStone Gallery and Gardens.

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