Enter the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest!

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The Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students may articulate their newfound knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.

Do you know any students who enjoy drawing or painting wildlife? The statewide Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is available to ALL students K-12! The annual contest encourages students to observe wildlife and create their vision of the colorful, winged waterfowl that grace wetlands across North America. The objective is to create an original depiction of waterfowl and submit it to the contest; great as a class project or for individual students!

The actual art competition begins all over the nation each spring when students submit their artwork to their state or territory contest. At the state level, students are judged in four groups according to grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Three first, three second, and three third place entries, along with 16 honorable mentions, are selected from each age group, so there are lots of winners who will each receive certificates, prizes, and recognition. Contest judges select one “Best of Show” from the 12 first place winners. Each state or territory “Best of Show” is entered in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest which occurs in April.

For information, entry and reference forms, visit: http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/

Washington State coordinator information: Michael Schramm, Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, 360-753-9467, michael_schramm@fws.gov

Please help ensure that ALL wildlife artist students hear about this opportunity!