|The Mountain-Prairie Region|
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
May 10, 2007
Contact: Seth Beres, 303-289-0867
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces
Winners of the
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that Jeriel Chalk, a home-schooled student in Loveland, took top honors by winning the Best of Show in Colorado at the 2007 Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Jeriels artwork was selected from over 580 entries from across Colorado. Her ink washed rendition of a Gadwall, entitled "Easy Afternoon, represented Colorado at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. at the end of April.
Entries from Colorado were judged by a panel of waterfowl enthusiasts, biologists and professional visual and wildlife artists. Recognition for all participants and prizes for the top 25 drawings in each of four age groups (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12) are awarded each year.
This years award ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 12th from 2-4pm at The Arvada Center. Mitch King, the Services Regional Director, will be the keynote speaker and will honor the winners at the Award Ceremony. In addition, the top 36 placing entries will be displayed at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO from June through August, 2007.
First Place winners in all (age) categories:
Best of Show Jeriel Chalk (16), Loveland
Second Place winners in all (age) categories:
2nd Kayla Manning (17),
Third Place winners in all (age) categories:
3rd Chantal Mustoe (18),
Honorable Mention winners in all (age) categories:
HM Rachel Roark (19), Colorado Springs
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an educational program designed for all public, private, and home schooled students in grades k-12 to learn more about waterfowl and habitat conservation. Incorporating scientific and wildlife management principles into visual arts curriculum creates an active awareness of the critical need to protect, preserve and enhance our wetland habitat for waterfowl, migratory songbirds, and the hundreds of other plants and animals that depend on wetlands for their survival.
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 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources 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 and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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