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Junior Duck Stamp Program

Utah's Jr. Duck Stamp Program
Utah Junior Duck Stamp BOS Brad Gray


2016 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Winner Announced at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 

The 2016 Utah Best of Show goes to Brad Gray, age 17, with a  pair of Canada geese titled, "Holiday Honkers". The artwork, created in a media mix of prisma color pencils, tempra, and airbrush rose to the winning position Tuesday, March 29.  

The panel of judges comprised of an expert birder, wildlife photographer, art educators, and Friends Board member all agreed that the artwork would represent a waterfowl species well on a "Junior Duck Stamp".  Other comments from judges included, "Good contrast in color and texture", "Subjects are anatomically correct", "Environment rendered beautifully in snow and water", and "Habitat carried viewer's eye around the canvas without deterring from subjects".

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Brad for his beautifully expressed waterfowl art!!  Brad's artwork now goes to the National Contest, to be held April 22, 2016 at the J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.  Brad's art took 3rd place in the national contest in 2015.

 Kathi Stopher, Visitor Services Manger here at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, is the Utah state coordinator for the JDS program.  Feel free to call or email her with any questions at 435.734.6438 or To learn more about the program: 


Facts About Junior Duck Stamp Program

More than 27,000 students enter state JDS art contests each year . . . and we can see why.  What could be more fun than learning about waterfowl and getting to draw, color or paint them!

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (JDS) is a dynamic arts and science curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation for students in kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum, with participants completing a JDS design as their visual “term papers."


Last Updated: Apr 06, 2016
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