Click here to learn about the winners of the 2017 contest!
Hundreds of Maryland students participate each year in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program. Introducing the Junior Duck Stamp curriculum into the classroom teaches students about waterfowl, wetland ecology, and wildlife conservation while meeting national education outcomes for science, English, and art. The students are then encouraged to research a waterfowl species and depict it in an artistic media. Entries from Maryland students in grades K-12 from public, private, and home schools, are submitted each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
The four grade categories are K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Artwork is judged in its category by a panel of local wildlife and art experts. Each grade category receives 3 first place, 3 second place, 3 third place, and 16 honorable mentions. The Best of Show for Maryland is chosen from the first place winners. Maryland's Best of Show is sent to compete at the national level, which is held in April. The winning entry in the federal competition is made into the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. To see last year's winners visit http://duckstamps.fws.gov. To purchase Federal Junior Duck Stamps call the AMPLEX Corporation at (800) DUCK-499, or pick one up at a participating USFWS location.
Each entrant receives a certificate of participation. Past Maryland awards have included ribbons, savings bonds, art supplies, and various other gifts donated by sponsors. Maryland's winners are invited to the awards ceremony in May at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. The Best of Show, First, Second, and Third Place winning artwork will be on tour throughout the state of Maryland through January.
Click here to visit the Federal Junior Duck Stamp page. This site includes an overview of the program, images of winning art, hints for teachers, and links to fact sheets, contest rules, and entry forms.
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The Delmarva peninsula fox squirrel (DFS) is a large tree squirrel that lives in mature hardwood and pine forests throughout the Delmarva peninsula. Recently removed from the endangered species list, this squirrel is still a rarity on the eastern shore, with Blackwater refuge hosting the largest natural population.