Maryland Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program Turns 15!
Maryland Best of Show: Redhead duck by Shannon Liang
Maryland Best of Show: Redhead duck by Shannon Liang

This year marks the 15th year of the Maryland Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic arts curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school with participants completing a Junior Duck Stamp design as their visual “term papers”.

This year’s Best of Show went to 14-year-old Shannon Liang for her lovely rendering of a redhead duck. Her entry went on to compete in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition where it received an Honorable Mention. Her entry will tour the country with the Best of Show winners from other states.

Judges assess more than 460 entries in Maryland's 2008 competition. USFWS photo.
Judges assess more than 460 entries in the 2008 competition. USFWS photo.

The Maryland Duck Stamp program grew with addition of conservation messages that students submit with their entries. Using one or two sentences students pack a huge statement about what they understand about wildlife, their environment and the importance of conservation.

The Maryland Junior Duck Stamp program has several components. “Conservation on Canvas” is a workshop for educators to “teach teachers” how to bring the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Course Curriculum into their classrooms.

In addition, “Conservation on Canvas, Student Edition” is available to students in grades 6 and higher. Students receive instruction from professional wildlife artists, participate in activities designed to sharpen their observation skills and spend time drawing with guidance from artists. 

Today more than 27,000 students throughout the United States, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands submit entries to a state or territory Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Proceeds from the sales of Junior Duck Stamps support conservation education awards and scholarships.

For more information on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, visit:

For additional information on "Conservation on Canvas" (both teacher and student editions), contact the Maryland State JDS Coordinator:

Susan Minter
Patuxent Research Refuge
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708-4027



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