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California's 2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest Set For Chico, Calif., March 29

Mar 19, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 19, 2012

Contact: Denise Dachner, Willows, CA
530/934-2801
Email: denise_dachner@fws.gov

California's 2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest Set For Chico, Calif., March 29

Artwork from school-aged waterfowl artists throughout California will be judged during the 22th Annual California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest (Contest), on Thursday, March 29, 2012. The Contest judging will be held from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Masonic Family Center, in Chico, CA.

A panel of up to 10 judges from California will have the honor to select 100 winners from the over 2,700 entries submitted this year. The artwork will be judged in four age groups: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. From these groups, three 1st, three 2nd, three 3rd place, and 16 honorable mention winners will be chosen. The 100 winning California designs will be a part of a display that will travel throughout California and oneart design will earn the title of Best of Show and will be submitted to compete nationally with the other states during the National Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD, on April 20, 2012.

The national winning design will be made into the 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp (Stamp) that will be sold for $5. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) will use the revenue from the Stamp sales to promote conservation education through the form of a new education curriculum; and awards or scholarships to the students, teachers and schools that participate in the program.

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

In California, the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is coordinated and facilitated by the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex with support from program sponsors including California Waterfowl, Central Valley Joint Venture, the California Rice Commission, California Department of Water Resources, and other federal, state, private, and non-profit environmental conservation and education agencies.

For further information or to schedule the traveling art display, please contact the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex at 530/934-2801.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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