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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Lakewood, Colorado 80228
U.S. FISH AND
December 5, 2003
Contact: Kristen Gilbert, (719) 589-4021
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Kicks off 2004 Colorado Junior Duck Stamp Contest, Announces New Home for Program
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the official start of the 2004 Colorado Junior Duck Stamp Contest, hosted by the Alamosa/Monte Vista/Baca National Wildlife Refuge Complex in the San Luis Valley. Previously, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, located near Denver, hosted the contest.
"Alamosa/Monte Vista/Baca National Wildlife Refuge Complex is pleased to be the state’s new home for the Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Refuge staff are looking forward to working with teachers, students, parents and the communities here in the San Luis Valley and throughout Colorado to promote this fun and educational program," said Mike Blenden, Project Leader at the Complex.
Students in grades K-12 are invited to enter original "Duck Stamp" designs of native ducks, geese, or swans in their natural habitats. Entries must be horizontal 9"X12" with no lettering or borders on the design. The contest is open to all Colorado students, including home school students. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2004. All entries will be judged at the Refuge in early April. An awards ceremony for the state winners will be held May 15, 2004 at the Alamosa/Monte Vista/Baca National Wildlife Refuges. Ribbons, certificates, and prizes will be given out at the ceremony.
The winner of the Colorado contest will go on to compete nationally. The best of show stamp design for Colorado will be entered into the national Junior Duck Stamp competition. The winner of the national contest will receive a free trip to Washington, DC in Fall, 2004 to attend the Federal Duck Stamp Contest and will receive a cash award. The winning entry will also be made into a collector’s stamp.
The Junior Duck Stamp program is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp program which generates funding for the purchase and restoration of wetlands throughout the United States. To receive contest rules and a complete list of eligible species, entry form, or teacher’s guide, please contact Kristen Gilbert, Outdoor Recreation Planner at the Complex, at (719) 589-4021 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 542 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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