2024 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Best of Show Artwork and Conservation Message

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Congratulations to Jade Hicks, age 18, of Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, who took top honors in the 2024 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp Contest with a painting of an American Wigeon titled “Perusing in the Pond”.  Jade’s artwork was chosen as the Best of Show out of 218 entries from across the state and will represent Alaska at the National Jr. Duck Stamp Contest on April 19th held in Falls Church, Virginia. 

Best of Show Conservation Message, “Don’t use lead bullets because it is poisonous to the ducks and their habitats”, was submitted by Lindi Saunders, age 10, with Pioneer Peak Elementary in Palmer, Alaska.  Lindi’s conservation message will also compete at the National Jr. Duck Stamp Contest. 

Judges for this year’s contest were Helen Strackeljahn and Erik Osnas from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dave Weber from Ducks Unlimited, Rich Capitan from the Alaska Zoo, and Arin Underwood from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Appreciation goes out to Katie Pervier, Chuck Frost, and Callie Gesmundo with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their behind-the-scenes support. A tremendous Thank You to The Moose’s Tooth for lunch,  Ducks Unlimited for prizes and awards, and the Alaska Zoo for hosting the contest.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of a year-long Junior Duck Stamp conservation program used by educators across the nation. Junior Duck Stamp competitions occur in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education.

See all of the 2024 Alaska Jr. Duck Stamp winning artwork!

To learn more, visit the  National Jr. Duck webpage  (https://www.fws.gov/program/junior-duck-stamp)

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Habitat conservation
Migratory birds