Celebrating 20 Years: Minnesota Jr. Duck Stamp Program
Celebrating 20 years in Minnesota, the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is designed to spark youth interest in habitat conservation through science, art, math, and technology. Students in kindergarten through high school are encouraged to interpret the natural world through artistic expression. Providing a basis for participation in the Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, the activities also encourage students to move beyond simply "learning about" wildlife and wildlife art.
The 2014 Minnesota Contest received 900 entries from schools, homeschools, clubs, art studios and individuals. It was held on March 21, 2014 and 100 winners were selected. Contest judges included Nature Photographer Richard Birger; Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Manager Tim Bodeen; Wildlife Artist John House; Minnesota Zoo Interpretative Program Developer Jessica Madole and Wildlife Photographer Mike Williams.
The 2014 Minnesota Best of Show artwork is an acrylic painting of a Harlequin Duck painted by Felix Oh age 14, of Woodbury, Minnesota. Special Student Honor goes to Anna Kronbeck age 11, of Hawley, Minnesota. Her artwork of an Emperor Goose will be the visual image for promoting the program for 2014. This year's recipient of the Minnesota Teacher Recognition is Mary Pat Simons from Valley Middle School of Apple Valley, Minnesota.
The Minnesota Conservation Message Winner is Anyen Fiedler age 11, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. with her statement, “All species have one chance at survival. Once they’re all gone, nobody can bring them back.” Anyen is a student at the Prairie Science School with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls.
Mara Koenig, Minnesota State Coordinator of the Federal Junior Stamp Program stated, “Anyen’s message is a prime example of the Service creating the next generation of conservationists through environmental education.”
By Mara Koenig