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Junior Duck Stamp Program

Utah's Jr. Duck Stamp Program
Brad Gray JDS Best of Show 2015


Bear River Refuge, once again, hosts Utah 2016 Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. Each year, Utah calls for entries, from students grades K-12, as part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp program. Entries must be ORIGINAL and will be judged on both artistic merit and scientific accuracy of native North American waterfowl. The contest serves a dual purpose, giving students a chance to use their artistic talents at the same time they learn about wildlife and conservation. The art competition is open to public, private and home-schooled Utah students.

Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2016. Entry guidelines, including dimension requirements, native North American waterfowl list, and an entry form can be downloaded from or call Kathi Stopher at 435-734-6438. You may also email to OR come in to pick up entry forms and the WATERFOWL CURRICULUM GUIDE. For inspiration, see entries from Federal Duck Stamp Contest 2015. 

To learn more about the program:

2015 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Winner Announced at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Bradley Gray, who was awarded Third Place in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest!  Bradley, 16, of North Ogden, Utah, took the state's Best of Show for his depiction of Green-winged Teal.  His work titled, "Sunset Serenity" was composed with mixed media.  At the Utah judging, the panel of judges noted Bradley's use of lighting and creative composition that gave it the "WOW" factor.  For this achievement, Brad will receive a $200 award from the National Junior Duck Stamp office.  

Junior Duck Stamp judges and officials wish Bradley all the best in future art endeavors and thank all the artists who entered this year's contest.  Service Director Dan Ashe said, "I congratulate our winning artists and all the talented young people who participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program each year...After 22 years, the Junior Duck Stamp Program remains one of the Services' hallmark efforts to connect youth with nature and inspire budding wildlife artists."   


National press release link at:

 Kathi Stopher, Visitor Services Manger here at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, is the Utah state coordinator for the JDS program.  Feel free to call or email her with any questions at 435.734.6438 or


Facts About Junior Duck Stamp Program

More than 27,000 students enter state JDS art contests each year . . . and we can see why.  What could be more fun than learning about waterfowl and getting to draw, color or paint them!

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (JDS) is a dynamic arts and science curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation for students in kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum, with participants completing a JDS design as their visual “term papers."


Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016
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