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PACIFIC SOUTHWEST REGION: 2012 California Junior Duck Stamp Winners Announced
California-Nevada Offices , April 3, 2012
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Judges with 2012 Best of Show winner
Judges with 2012 Best of Show winner - Photo Credit: Erik Bergren/CA Waterfowl
Art contest entries
Art contest entries - Photo Credit: USFWS
Judges viewing art contest finalists
Judges viewing art contest finalists - Photo Credit: Erik Bergren/CA Waterfowl
2012 Best of Show, pair of Hooded Mergansers
2012 Best of Show, pair of Hooded Mergansers - Photo Credit: USFWS

Artwork from over 3,500 school-aged waterfowl artists throughout the state was judged during the 22nd Annual California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest in Chico, on Thursday, March 29th.

In California, the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is coordinated by Marilyn Gamette, and facilitated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC).

A panel of 10 judges was tasked with selecting 100 winners. The artwork was judged in four age groups: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. From each of these groups, the judges selected three first, second and third place winners, and 16 honorable mentions. Winning designs receive ribbons and all entrants will receive a certificate of appreciation and awards.

One art design earned the distinguished title of California’s Best of Show, a pair of Hooded Mergansers by 17 year-old Hyun Wang from Torrance. Her artwork will be submitted to Washington D.C. to compete with the other states’ Best of Show winners during the National Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD, on April 20, 2012. The national winner’s design will be made into the 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

In addition to the art, three conservation messages were selected from each age group to receive awards. These messages were submitted on the artwork entry form and judged for originality, understanding of wetland and waterfowl conservation, and inspiration. All 100 winning artwork entries and 12 winning conservation messages will be on display throughout the year at various California events.

The 2012 judging panel included: Jennifer Isola, Sacramento NWRC; Margaret Kolar, USFWS Pacific Southwest Region; Mark Hennelly, California Waterfowl; Virginia Getz, Ducks Unlimited; Tina Bartlett, Department of Fish and Game; Marvey Mueller, Snow Goose Festival; Dawn Garcia, Altacal Audubon; Jim Burcio, Pacific Flyway Decoy Association; Donald Bransford, Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District, and Shane Romain, Community Youth Center Rancho Esquon Campus.

Volunteers from the Sacramento NWRC, California Waterfowl, and Central Valley Joint Venture worked on the daunting task of laying out all the artwork, tallying scores, and recording the 100 winners. Additional major sponsors for the program include the California Rice Commission, California Department of Water Resources, and other federal, state, private, and non-profit environmental conservation and education agencies. The partnerships among these organizations, which provide funding and manpower, make this program so successful.

Contact Info: Pam Bierce, 916-414-6542, pamela_bierce@fws.gov
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