2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest Open

It's a New Year, and future conservationists are invited to participate in the 2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Duck Stamp Program provides an opportunity for America's youth to learn about conservation and express their artistic talents at the same time. The contest is open to youngsters in Kindergarten through the 12th grade.

This year marks the 20th year anniversary of the program, celebrating the connection of children with nature through science and art. Much more than just an art contest, entry rules require the students to learn about wetland habitat and the principles of wildlife conservation by researching one of 46 waterfowl species listed by the USFWS. They conclude their learning with a rendering of their chosen species. Students may also write a conservation message that sums up their lesson.

A new feature of the program this year is a Junior Duck Stamp Program Curriculum for teachers to use in the classroom with their students while preparing for the contest.

According to Nevada Department of Wildlife Conservation Education Supervisor Doug Nielsen, "The contest is a great opportunity to participate in one of the original conservation programs in the U.S."

Junior duck stamps are akin to regular duck stamps, which are a 77 – year long tradition with the USFWS. Federal duck stamps chosen each year have included artwork by such renowned artists as Owen J. Gromme and J. N. "Ding" Darling. Your youngster may join their ranks by entering in their own version of the competition. Junior duck stamps sell for $5 each, and are available at post offices, wildlife refuges, sporting good stores, and over the internet.

"Funding generated through the sales of the stamps directly benefits waterfowl and its habitat," Nielsen added.

Entries are accepted in four categories: Kindergarten – 3rd grade, 4th – 6th grade, 7th – 9th grade and 10th – 12 grade. Students first enter their artwork in a state contest, the winners of which are entered into the national competition. Every entrant receives a certificate of participation, and prizes for state winners will vary. There are cash prizes for the top national winners and the first-place winner receives a trip to Washington, D.C. with one adult for the First Day of Sale ceremony in June or July.

The national winner of the 2011 contest was Abraham Hunter of Illinois, with the Nevada "Best of Show" winner being Emry Layton of Las Vegas. The 2011 Conservation Message Contest winner was Allison Armstrong from Arkansas, with her message of "Spread Your Wings, create a splash, make a difference."

The 2012 contest is accepting entries now through March 15, 2010. For more information, go to HYPERLINK "http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck" t "_blank"www.fws.gov/juniorduck or contact the contest coordinator for Nevada, Donna Withers, (775)-4223-5287 ext. 231, or HYPERLINK "mailto:donna_withers@fws.gov"donna_withers@fws.gov.

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