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February 16, 2011
Conservation through the Arts
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is accepting entries for the 2011 Oregon Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which is administered by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. To participate draw, paint or color an original picture that is 9"x12" and horizontal featuring North American waterfowl species' in their habitat. Full contest rules, a downloadable entry form, and a list of the permitted species can be found online at www.fws.gov/juniorduck. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2011.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest is a nationwide competition, sponsored by the Service, which serves to foster student awareness and appreciation of waterfowl and their wetland habitat through art. Public, private, and home school students from kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to enter in this unique "conservation through the arts" program.

A Junior Duck Stamp Contest has been held annually in Oregon since 1998. In 2010, Christine Swanson from West Linn won the competition with an acrylic painting of a Ring-necked Duck. Her painting went on to compete nationally and placed in the top 10. In addition to the art competition, there is also an opportunity for each young artist to provide a conservation message. The 2010 conservation message winner was Ally Chang from Portland. Ally is helping to promote awareness of our natural world through her statement, "Conservation is a way of life, conserving nature makes the world a more beautiful place for all."

The entries will be judged according to grade: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. In each of these grade categories there are 25 ribbons awarded; 3-First place, 3-Second place, 3-Third place, and 16-Honorable Mentions. The "Best of Show" is chosen from the 12 First place winners and will represent Oregon at the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held April 15th at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia. Everyone who enters will receive a Certificate of Participation and have their original artwork returned.

At the National level there will be four cash prize winners. First Place will be awarded $5,000 and a free trip in the summer to attend the First Day of Sales Ceremony. Second Place will receive $3,000, Third Place will receive $2,000, and the National Conservation Message First Place winner will be awarded $500.

A five judge panel has been invited to participate in the selection process – Mark Nebeker, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Robyn Thorson, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Peter Mathios, Freelance Artist; Esther Lev, The Wetlands Conservancy; and Cathy Macdonald, The Nature Conservancy. The judging event will be open for the general public to observe, and will begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 24, 2011 at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Ave, Portland.

The first place art from the National contest is used to create a National Junior Duck Stamp each year. The Junior Duck Stamp is available for purchase at the cost of $5 from the U.S. Postal Service and from many National Wildlife Refuges. Proceeds from the sale of this collectable stamp support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for participating students, teachers and schools.

For additional information or if you have questions regarding participation in the Junior Duck Stamp program, please contact Pam Johnson at 541-867-4550 or by email at pam_johnson@fws.gov. Entries and reference forms must be postmarked by March 15, 2011 and mailed to:
Pam Johnson
Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
2127 SE Marine Science Dr.
Newport, OR 97365
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