Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
California Junior Duck Stamp Contest
It’s Not Too Late!

February 21, 2017

Contact(s):

Lora Haller, Visitor Services Manager (530) 934-2801


Wood duck art

Junior Duck Stamp Art Credit: USFWS

Willows, Calif.-Artwork has begun to arrive at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex as students in grades K-12 across California participate in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp annual art competition. The deadline for entries is March 15, 2017 and California teachers are encouraged to submit their student’s work for consideration in the state and national competitions. Over 5,730 pieces of art were submitted in 2016.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a curriculum combining wetland and waterfowl conservation with the visual arts, used to teach wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students at all primary and secondary school grade levels. The program is a non-traditional pairing of art and science education. It spans cultural, ethnic, social and geographic boundaries to teach awareness of our nation’s natural resources.
           
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) awards certificates of appreciation to all students who enter the contest. One hundred winners in four age categories and Best of Show receive awards as well as being published in the yearly California Junior Duck Stamp calendar. The Best of Show artwork from each state is sent to Washington D.C. to compete in a national contest, and the national winner is featured on that year’s Federal Junior Duck Stamp. In 2016, the national winner was Stacy Shen from Fremont, California.

The Junior Duck Stamp competition is similar to the Service’s prestigious Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) national art contest. Migratory bird hunters are required to posses a Federal Duck Stamp; however, junior stamps are acquired solely for their collector and environmental education value. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps are used to fund conservation education, awards and scholarship programs.

Junior Duck Stamp Program entry forms and teacher’s guides may be obtained from the website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Sacramento/JDS.html.

California entries must be postmarked March 15 or earlier and mailed to: Junior Duck Stamp, c/o Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, 752 County Road 99W, Willows, CA 95988.

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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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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