Student Wildlife Art Contest Entries for the Junior Duck Stamp Competition Due March 15th
Contest is Celebrating 15 years of Conservation through the Arts
Resee Collins, 404-679-7051
Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-7291
According to the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, there is still time
for students to enter the 2007 Junior
Duck Stamp competition. Entries
must be postmarked by midnight March 15, 2007.
The Georgia Junior Duck Stamp competition will recognize Georgia’s
top student waterfowl artists. Public, private, and home-schooled students,
as well as art studio students from kindergarten through high school,
are invited to compete for recognition, prizes, and scholarships in an
activity that promotes the conservation of America’s wetlands and
Each year, hundreds of Georgia students compete to win top honors. Teachers
may use an integrated science and art curriculum provided by the Service.
Each participating student must research and then artistically depict
a duck, goose or other waterfowl species native to North America on paper.
All artwork submitted must be an original 9” x 12” horizontal
image of North American ducks, geese, or swans. In 2006, with the encouragement
from teachers and parents, more than 750 Georgia students participated
in the four grade categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12. All participants
receive a certificate of appreciation.
Entries with official forms should be mailed to Georgia Junior Duck Stamp
Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite
240, Atlanta, Georgia, 30345, and must be postmarked by midnight, March
15, 2007, to be eligible. Additional contest information and an official
entry form can be obtained by calling Resee Collins, Georgia Coordinator,
at (404) 679-7051.
A total of 100 winners and one Best of Show will be selected from the
four different age groups. The contest judging will take place at the
Atlanta U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office in Atlanta next
month. First, second, and third place honors will awarded, as well as
honorable mentions. The winning Georgia Best of Show will compete nationally
in Washington D.C. The national First Place entry will become the Federal
Junior Duck Stamp, which is sold through the U.S Postal Service for $5
per stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps support conservation
education and provide awards and scholarships for the students, teachers
and schools participating in the program.
The Georgia 2007 winning artwork will tour the state on public exhibit
at venues ranging from Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Sandy Creek
Nature Center in Athens, Elachee Nature Center in Gainesville, Oatland
Island Education Center in Savannah, and the Georgia Wildlife Federation
Fisharama in Atlanta.
Georgia’s Junior Duck Stamp competition is part of the Federal
Junior Duck Stamp competition, authorized by Congress in 1994. The purpose
of the Junior Duck Stamp contest is to promote conservation of wetlands
and waterfowl habitat through arts education. The Junior Duck Stamp is
modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp, which has been sold since 1934
to raise money to protect wetlands and waterfowl habitat. For more information
about the Junior Duck Stamp Program, visit the website at http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/junior/junior.htm.
For further information about the Junior Duck Stamp contest or the Fish and Wildlife
Service, please contact Resee Collins at (404) 679-7051, or e-mail Resee_Collins@fws.gov.
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 96-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 547 national
wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.
It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices, and
81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws,
administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores
nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such
as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American Tribal governments with their
conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which
distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting
equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.
photos on the Athens ES office website