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Bosque del Apache Hosts 2008 Junior Duck Stamp Contest Judging
Southwest Region, March 31, 2008
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Jerry Goffe, Greg Esslinger, Skeeter Laird, Cynthia Wolfe and Bernard Lujan with the 2008 Best in Show winning artwork
Jerry Goffe, Greg Esslinger, Skeeter Laird, Cynthia Wolfe and Bernard Lujan with the 2008 Best in Show winning artwork - Photo Credit: n/a

On Thursday, March 27, five judges representing a diverse background of occupations and skills, met at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to judge the New Mexico entries for the 2008 Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest, created in 1989, is a national program that teaches wetland-habitat and waterfowl conservation through the arts. Students from kindergarten through high school put their artistic talents to work creating artwork that depicts a variety of waterfowl species in their native habitats. Students from all over New Mexico submitted a total of 384 entries, creating a challenge for the five judges, whose job it was to select a winner from each age group and one entry as Best of Show. This year’s judges represented a unique blend of arts and conservation. Representing the arts were New Mexico Artist Skeeter Laird, who specializes in depictions of waterfowl in the Middle Rio Grande’ and Photographer Jerry Goffe, who’s wildlife photography has been featured in a number of magazines and in galleries all across the state. The conservation side was represented by biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Greg Esslinger, who works in the Office of Migratory Birds, in Albuquerque, and Refuge Operations Specialist Bernard Lujan, who works at the Bosque del Apache NWR. Representing the Ducks Unlimited was Cynthia Wolfe, who, as State Chairperson for the organization, served as the fifth judge for this year’s competition. “The judging was very competitive,” said Lujan, adding, “It was difficult to decide a winner from all the creative and unique artwork that was submitted.” This year’s Best in Show award went to eighteen year old Elizabeth “Tomoko” Bahrs from Tucumcari, NM. Her depiction of a male and female Wood duck, entitled “The Honeymooners,” will represent the State of New Mexico in the 2008 National Junior Duck Stamp Contest judging, which will take place on April 17 at the San Diego Zoo, in California. Ms. Bahr and each winner of the four separate age groups will be formally recognized at the state level, during an awards ceremony that will take on May 10th, at the Macey Conference Center, in Socorro, NM.






Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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