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US Fish & Wildlife Sservice Seeks Students for Centennial Junior Duck Stamp Competition


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 17, 2003

Contact:
Mike Hobbs, 706/613-9493 X36
Mike Hobbs, 706/202-2467 Cell
Deborah Harris, 706/613-9493 ext. 24

Contest is part of 100th Anniversary for National Wildlife Refuge System. National scholarship awards include $4,000.00 for first place.

March 15th, 2003 is the deadline for the 2002-2003 Junior Duck Stamp Competition. Student artists from kindergarten to high school are being sought by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to compete for artistic recognition and awards while helping to promote wildlife conservation.

Deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2003; one day after the National Wildlife Refuge System celebrates its one-hundredth birthday. Back in 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt set Pelican Island, Florida aside as the first national refuge out of concern for then declining bird species. Today the nation's refuge system supports 700 bird species, 220 mammals, 250 reptiles and amphibians, 200 species of fish and numerous plant species.

Each artwork submitted must be a 9¨ by 12¨ horizontal image of North American ducks, geese or swans. Loons and mute swans are not eligible. Over 750 Georgia students participated last year in four age categories. Cash awards and prizes are offered by organizations including Georgia Power, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia Wildlife Federation. A deluxe tour also waits for Georgia's state winner through one of the national wildlife refuges located in Georgia, including either Okefenokee, Piedmont, Bond Swamp, Eufaula or Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.

At their option, teachers use an integrated art and science curriculum provided by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Each student then submits a "visual" term paper for review by a panel of judges. Once selected at the state level, Georgia's Best-of-Show competes again in Washington, D.C., for scholarships of $4000.00, $2000.00 and $1000.00.

Entries with official forms should be mailed to the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 247 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30605. Call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 706 613-9493 Ext. 35 to request entry forms or go to http://www.fws.gov/r4gafo/, locate the left, blue vertical bar and click on Outreach and Education.

Georgia's current 100 contest winners are currently on tour through early 2003, including a copy of Georgia's Best of Show by former Woodland High School student Candice Cline of Cartersville. Go to
http://www.fws.gov/r4gafo/outreach.html for the tour schedule and to see digital images of Georgia's 2001-2002 winners.


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visit our home page at http://southeast.fws.gov/ or http://www.fws.gov/.



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