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Student wildlife art contest entries for the Junior Duck Stamp Competition due March 15, 2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2008


Contacts:

Resee Collins, 404 679-7051
Tom MacKenzie, 404-679-7291


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service still seeks student entries for the 2008 Junior Duck Stamp competition. Deadline for entries to be postmarked is by midnight March 15, 2008.

The Georgia Junior Duck Stamp competition recognizes Georgia’s top student waterfowl artists. Public, private, and home-schooled students, as well as art studio students from kindergarten though high school, are invited to compete for recognition, prizes and scholarships in an activity promoting conservation of America’s wetlands and waterfowl habitat.

Each year, hundreds of Georgia students compete to win these top honors. Teachers may use an integrated science and art curriculum provided by the Service. Each participating student must research and then artistically depict a duck, goose or other waterfowl species native to North America on paper. All artwork submitted must be an original 9” x 12” horizontal image of North American ducks, geese or swans.

In 2007, with the encouragement from teachers and parents, over 670 Georgia students participated in the four grade categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. All participants receive a certificate of appreciation.

Entries with official forms should be mailed to Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Program, USFWS, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 240, Atlanta, Georgia, 30345 and must be postmarked by midnight, March 15, 2008, to be eligible. Additional contest information and an official entry form can be obtained by calling Resee Collins, Georgia Coordinator, at (404) 679-7051.

A total of 100 winners and one Best of Show will be selected from the four different age groups.

The contest will take place at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office in Atlanta in April, when First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention winning artwork will be selected. The winning Georgia Best of Show will be sent on to compete nationally at the San Diego Zoo in April. The national first place entry is then used as the Federal Junior Duck Stamp, which is sold through the U.S Postal Service for $5 per stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for the students, teachers and schools participating in the program.

The Georgia 2007 winning artwork has been on a statewide tour, including venues ranging from the Georgia Power Company corporate office in Atlanta, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Elachee Nature Center in Gainesville, Oatland Island Education Center in Savannah, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts festival in Blue Ridge, and the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon.

Georgia’s Junior Duck Stamp competition is part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition, authorized by Congress in 1994. The purpose of the Junior Duck Stamp contest is to promote conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat through arts education. The Junior Duck Stamp is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp, which has been sold since 1934 to raise money to protect wetlands and waterfowl habitat. For more information about the Junior Duck Stamp Program, visit the website at http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/junior/junior.htm.

For more information about the Junior Duck Stamp Contest, please e-mail Resee_Collins@fws.gov or telephone 404 679-7051.

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