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Conservation Through The Arts
District of Columbia
Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program

2013 - 2014 District of Columbia Award Winner

Male wood duck by Emma Floyd

Caleb Zhao was judged Best of Show winner of the 2013-2014 Washington, DC Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition.  Zhao's superb colored pencil drawing of a King Eider, entitled “King Colorful,” was selected from more than 120 entries from this year's DC contest.  Eight year old Zhao takes lessons from Pearl Shen at the Pearl Studio in Rockville, MD.

The “Best of Show” conservation message for DC was penned by 10 year old Katherine Bouker.  Her message was, “Don’t ‘fowl’ the environment! Let’s keep our waters safe for the birds!”  Bouker attends Lafayette Elementary, where she takes art class with Laurie McLaughlin.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is an art and conservation program geared toward teaching children about the importance of wetlands and waterfowl conservation. 

The contest is open to students from kindergarten through twelfth grade in all the states, territories, and the District of Columbia.  Entries for each jurisdiction are judged separately.  The Best of Show winners from each state, territory, and the District go on to compete with each other to be selected for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp.  This national competition is held April 19, 2013 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. 

The panel of judges for this year's DC contest included: Jorge Coppen, National Coordinator, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, USFWS; Wil Goebel, winner of the 2012 Maryland Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Contest ; James Kinnett, Wildlife Artist and past winner of the Maryland Migratory Waterfowl Stamp; Peter Osenton, retired Wildlife Biologist, Patuxent Research Refuge, USGS; Dan Rauch, Wildlife Biologist specializing in ornithology, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, District Department of the Environment.

The judges selected up to 25 winners in each of four age categories. All of DC’s entries came from the two younger age groups. The winners of both the Maryland and District of Columbia Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competitions will be honored at a joint awards ceremony on May 19 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, located on the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD.  Winning entries will be on display at the Patuxent Research Refuge’s National Wildlife Visitor Center until the ceremony. 

Duck Stamp logo For more information on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, visit www.fws.gov/juniorduck .


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