2014 Junior Duck Stamp Goes to Nationals


The Jr. Duck Stamp Contest was created more than two decades ago to raise awareness and appreciation for wetlands and waterfowl conservation for students in grades K-12. Novey's artwork will represent Wisconsin in the national competition in April, 2014.

 Pardeeville Student’s Junior Duck Stamp Goes to Nationals 


NECEDAH, Wisc. (FWS) – Thirteen year-old Adam Novey’s artwork from Pardeeville, WI was chosen for the 2014 Wisconsin Best of Show Junior Duck Stamp.   


Six year-old Natalie Nickel from Allenton Elementary in Allenton, WI won the Wisconsin Conservation Message with her statement, “to preserve and respect all creatures and our world is also protecting our future.”   


The 2014 Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest drew 392 entries from students across the state.  “Each year the amount of detail these young artists achieve in their artwork is amazing.  We cannot wait to share Wisconsin’s artwork with you, said Katie Goodwin, Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp State Coordinator.   


This annual contest was created more than two decades ago to raise awareness and appreciation for wetlands and waterfowl conservation for students in grades K-12.  It is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp Contest for adult artists. Students create original artwork showing North American ducks, geese, or swans in their natural habitats. First, second, third, and honorable mention awards are given out in four age categories. 


Novey’s acrylic painting depicting a Northern Shoveler will represent Wisconsin in the national competition on April 18th in Shepherdstown, W. Va. Each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will present one piece of artwork. The top winner’s piece will be made into the Junior Duck Stamp, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will then sell for $5 to raise money for wildlife awareness and education. 


Contest judges were Jay Jocham, professional wildlife artist, Doug Staller, Refuge Manager of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Tom Kerr, Project Leader for Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge and St. Croix Wetland Management District, Nancy Steinback, retired art teacher and volunteer at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, and Ashly Steinke, County Conservationist for Taylor County Land Conservation Department. 


The top 36 winning entries from the state of Wisconsin will be showcased in two traveling displays across the state from May 2014 – March 2015.  For a schedule of the traveling display locations, or for additional information about the 2014 contest, please contact WI Junior Duck Stamp State Coordinators at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge at 608.565.2551 or Necedah@fws.gov. 


This contest would not have been possible without the help and support of volunteers and area sponsors including: Necedah National Wildlife Refuge; Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge; Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge; and Wisconsin Waterfowl Association. 


For more information on public programming or a copy of our trail maps, contact the Necedah NWR Visitor Center at 608-565-2551 or by e-mail at Necedah@fws.gov.  Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday, 9:00am to 4:00pm, and is located off of Highway 21 four miles west of the Village of Necedah or 18 miles east of Tomah.  Refuge lands are open sunrise to sunset year-round.  For additional information please call 608-565-2551or visit us online at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Necedah/. 


For more information on the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visit http://midwest.fws.gov.  


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