Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Southwest Region, California, Nevada & Klamath Basin

NEVADA JUNIOR DUCK STAMP CONTEST

Entries accepted until March 15 each year.

 
The Junior Duck Stamp Contest is an educational program designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students. Students research one of 46 species of duck, swan or goose, listed by the USFWS, and then conclude their learning by illustrating the species, using any of a number of artistic mediums. Scenes should depict birds in their natural habitat. Students are also encouraged to write a conservation message. The message explains something that the student has learned about wetland habitats, conservation, or waterfowl. It may also be a statement encouraging others to learn about and participate in conservation.
 
http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/about.htm The contest is open to K – 12 students across the U.S. & its territories. Students from around the United States submit artistic renderings to their state, territory or district competition . All Nevada entries are judged by a panel of five volunteers in March. The entries are judged based on originality, photo-realism, and accuracy in shape, proportion, and feather and habitat coloring. Each of the four age groups are judged separately to determine 3 first, 3 second and 3 third place winners, and 16 Honorable Mentions. The 1st place winners from each age group are then judged together to determine the Nevada State Best of Show.


Best of Show winners from each state are then submitted to the national Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. One image is chosen as the next Junior Duck Stamp. Prizes are $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, $2,000 for third place, and a $500 award is given for the best conservation message. The national winner, along with one parent or guardian and the winner's teacher receives a free trip to Washington DC, to participate in the First Day of Sale stamp ceremony.
 
Junior Duck Stamps sell for $5 each, and can be purchased at post offices and wildlife refuges online at http:www.duckstamp.com. Junior Duck Stamps are not valid for postage or used as a waterfowl hunting stamp. They are collectors' stamps whose sale benefits environmental and conservation education programs.
 
Contest rules and entry forms are available at www.fws.gov/juniorduck or 1-800-344-WILD. The Nevada Jr. Duck Stamp coordinator is Donna Withers who can be reached at (775) 423-5128 ext. 231, or email at donna_withers@fws.gov. Check us out on Facebook!
 
 
 
 

2012 Junior Duckstamp Contest Winners Selected

**RENO STUDENT'S ENTRY SELECTED AS BEST OF SHOW**

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Nevada Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest.

Haley Einstoss, of the Coral Academy of Science in Reno, created the artwork of a fulvous whistling duck that was selected as Best of Show for the 2012 Nevada Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The entry will continue on to the 2012 National Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest to be held on April 20, 2012 at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. Of the 795 Nevada student artists who submitted entries this year, 100 entries placed first, second, third, or honorable mention and will receive a ribbon and other prizes in recognition of their efforts. Each student who entered the contest will receive a certificate of participation and prizes. Ms. Einstoss and Ray Valdez, Coral Academy of Science Art Teacher, will also each receive a $100 award sponsored by the Nevada Waterfowl Association.

All Nevada entries were judged by a panel of five volunteer judges on March 29 in Fallon, Nevada. The 2012 judges were Cynthia Goddard, Friends of Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Fallon, NV; Michelle Hunt, Schoolyard Habitat Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Reno, NV; Marcy Haworth, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Reno, NV; Bill Henry, Wildlife Biologist, Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Fallon, NV; and Michael Goddard, Project Leader, Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Fallon, NV. The entries were judged based on originality, photo-realism, and accuracy in shape, proportion, and feather and habitat coloring. Each of the four age groups were judged separately to determine three 1st place winners, three 2nd place winners, three 3rd place winners, and 16 Honorable Mention winners. The 1st place winners from each age group were than judged together to determine the Nevada State Best of Show.

 
News Release: **RENO STUDENT'S ENTRY SELECTED AS BEST OF SHOW**
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last updated: December 12, 2013