FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2010
For more information, contact Mara Koenig 952-858-0710
Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show and Winners
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Nick Buchal, age 16 of Mahtomedi today won Best of Show in the Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp Contest out of more than 1,100 entries from across the state. His artwork, an oil painting of a pair of Green-wing teals, will advance to the National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held at the Science Museum of Minnesota on April 23.
Christopher Wreede, age 16 of Litchfield, won best Conservation Message :"A balance between innovation and conservation is the key to a balanced future."
"This year's contest had extraordinary waterfowl images from Minnesota's talented young artists. Their art communicates the importance of wetlands for not only wildlife but for people to enjoy," said Mara Koenig, Minnesota Coordinator of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program.
This dynamic educational program uses both conservation and design principles to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to students in kindergarten through high school. The program provides an opportunity for students to artistically express their knowledge of the diversity, interdependence and beauty of wildlife.
First Place Winners in Grade Category 10-12
First Place Winners in Grade Category 7-9
First Place Winners in Grade Category 4-6
First Place Winners in Grade Category K-3
Contest judges included Peggy Callahan, Executive Director, Wildlife Science Center; Joe Hautman, Wildlife Artist; Kim Norlien, Wildlife Artist; Sharon Stitler, Park Ranger, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, National Park Service; and Tom Worthington Deputy Director, Region 3, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Students submitted artwork featuring the following species: whistling ducks, swans, geese, brant, dabbling ducks, diving ducks, sea ducks, mergansers, stiff tails, or Hawaiian ducks. A full list of permitted species is available online at http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck.
Artwork entries were judged on the basis of original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1" by 1.5" stamp. The first place art from the national contest is used to create a National Junior Duck Stamp each year. The Junior Duck Stamp is available for $5 from the U.S. Postal Service and from many National Wildlife Refuges. Proceeds from the sale of the stamps support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for participating students, teachers and schools.For more information on contest rules and regulations for teachers and supervising adults found visit http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
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