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YUKON DELTA: Junior Duck Stamp Promotion Pays Off
Alaska Region, May 1, 2005
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This past year, staff at Yukon Delta NWR made a concerted push to promote the Alaska Junior Duck Stamp contest. Students from throughout the Delta have historically done well in other art contests, such as the Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar contest, so it only stood to reason that the Junior Duck Stamp should be promising for them as well. Each Refuge Information Technician (RIT), our local liaisons to Native communities, was provided materials so they could promote the Junior Duck Stamp in their villages. We also partnered with Lower Kuskokwim School District to do a video workshop for teachers in remote villages. As a result, competition was especially heavy this year with over 800 entries received!

It was exciting to see these efforts pay off in the first real year of promoting Junior Duck Stamp. Dalton Staller, from Bethel, won first place in the K-3 age group for his conservation message, "Habitat Is Where It's At,? which will become part of the national traveling display!

Other winners from the Refuge came from the village of Atmauthluk. All were honorable mention winners in the art contest. They are: K-3rd: Frankie Pavilla, Kayla Pavilla, and Jonathon Waska; and 4-6th: Alexie Brown. Their teacher is Ann Anspach, a language arts teacher. Congratulations to all these winners!

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov
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