and Wildlife Service Seeks Student Applicants for 2006 Junior Duck
Stamp Art Competition
December 19, 2005
Deborah Harris, Contest
Coordinator, 706-613-9493 x224
- Art competition promotes
wildlife conservation among students K-12.
- Best-of-Show competes for
national scholarships up to $5000.
- Deadline is March 15th
for 2006 contest entries.
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking student artists
for the upcoming 2006 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. Young
artists from public, private and home schools, grades K-12, may compete
for recognition, prizes, and scholarships while learning how to help
conserve America 's wetlands. March 15th, 2006, is the deadline for submitting
The contest is both an art and science program designed to teach wetlands
habitat and waterfowl conservation. One hundred total winners from
four age groups will be selected. Each entry has to be an original,
hand drawn or painted creation of a North American duck, goose or swan.
All participants receive certificates of recognition for their artistic
efforts and all artwork is returned. Georgia 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
winners receive special prizes. First place winners receive scholarships
ranging from $50 up to $250 for the Best of Show.
The 100 winners from the 2005 Georgia contest are now on tour at Charlie
Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia and at Elachee Nature
Science Center until the end of December. To find out the tour schedule
for the rest of the year see http://www.fws.gov/Athens or call 706-613-9493.
The 2006 Georgia Best-of-Show winning entry goes on to Washington,
D.C. to compete in the national contest where awards include a $5000
1st place scholarship, a 2nd place $3000 scholarship, and a 3rd place
$2000 scholarship, and $500 for the national top ten. Awards are also
given for the best conservation messages. The winning national entry
is reproduced and sold as the official 2006 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.
For entry rules, forms and
a list of eligible species of ducks, geese or swans, call (706) 613-9493
ext. 224 or visit http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps.
Digital images of the 2005 winning entries may be seen at the USFWS Georgia
Ecological Services website at http://www.fws.gov/Athens.
Artwork and completed official entry forms must be postmarked or hand-delivered
by March 15th, 2006 to Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, USFWS
Georgia Ecological Services, 105 West Park Drive, Suite D, Athens,
GA 30606 .
Collectors interested in purchasing the 2005 Junior Duck Stamp may
call 1-800-STAMP-24 or visit the U.S. Postal Store at http://www.usps.com.
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