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The winning 2019 Junior Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a harlequin duck by Nicole Jean.
The winning 2019 Junior Duck Stamp art, an acrylic painting of a harlequin duck by Nicole Jeon. Credit: USFWS

New York Youth Wins 2019 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

April 19, 2019
Nicole Jeon, a 16-year-old from Scarsdale, New York, took top honors at the Service’s National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest with her acrylic rendition of a harlequin duck. Her artwork will grace the 2019-2020 Junior Duck Stamp, which will go on sale June 28 and supports conservation education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
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A close up picture of an American robin pulling out a worm from the ground.
American robin gets the worm at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine. Credit: Keith Ramos

Why I Took These Shots

April 17, 2019
National wildlife refuges are wonderful places for nature photography – for visitors and employees. Manager Keith Ramos makes a point of taking photos that celebrate the animals, forest and wetlands of Maine at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “I watched 30 to 40 American robins eating worms near the refuge entrance on and off for three or four days before I could get this photo right,” he says of the image above. “It was a tug of war between the bird and the worm.”
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A young boy (volunteer) kneels along side his dog as he holds his Trooper certificate, a newly minted B.A.R.K. Ranger, are ready to take to the trails of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.
A volunteer and his dog, a newly minted B.A.R.K. Ranger, are ready to take to the trails of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. Credit: USFWS

Thank You, Volunteers! ‘Working Together We Accomplish Many Things’

April 10, 2019

We are celebrating National Volunteer Week and our volunteers – nearly 42,000 – who give more than 1.5 million hours to help conserve the nature of America. “Volunteers are integral to Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge,” says Sarah Inouye-Leas, volunteer coordinator there.
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