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Cullman Student Wins Alabama’s Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest


April 11, 2002

Jim Rothschild, 404/679-7291

A 14-year-old student, Anna Smith, of Cullman, Alabama has won Best of Show in Alabama’s 2002 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. A total of 333 entries were received from kindergarten through twelfth grade students representing 45 participating schools throughout the State. The contest was judged at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur on Tuesday, March 26th.

Smith, who is home schooled, used watercolors to paint an “Early Morning Stretch”, a female Canada goose with a nest of eggs set in a wetlands scene.

“I just like Canada geese,” Anna said. “They are graceful and look a little like a swan. I saw a picture in a kid’s book that I liked.” Anna’s mother, Jan Smith, said her daughter worked on the entry over a period of a several weeks. “Anna was meticulous, especially on the feathers.” she said.

Smith’s winning entry qualifies her to compete in the National Junior Duck Stamp contest to be judged on April 26, in Washington, D.C. The image of the national winning entry becomes the Federal Junior Duck Stamp, which is sold by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stamp collectors and conservationists. The Junior Duck Stamp competition was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1994 and is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp, which has been sold since 1934 to raise money to protect wetlands and waterfowl habitat. The purpose of the Junior Duck Stamp Contest is to promote conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat through arts education.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices, and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores national significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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