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Student entries sought for Duck Stamp Contest

Submitted photo The winning drawing from last year’s North Dakota contest was created by Destiny Winkler of Valley City, N.D., The colored pencil drawing is of a white-fronted goose.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries for the 2014 North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Entries can be submitted now through March 15.

The contest has been held in North Dakota since 1993. Last year, Destiny Winkler of Valley City, N.D., won the North Dakota contest with a colored pencil drawing of a white-fronted goose. The conservation message winner, Keaton Nelsen of Leeds, N.D., is helping to promote conservation awareness through his statement, “Preserving wildlife habitat today is necessary to ensure this great resource for tomorrow.”

This educational program uses conservation and design principles to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to youth. The program provides an opportunity for students to artistically express their knowledge of the diversity, interdependence and beauty of wildlife, the Fish and Wildlife Service said.

Students may submit artwork that features a native North American waterfowl species from the following groups: whistling ducks, swans, geese, brant, dabbling ducks, diving ducks, sea ducks, mergansers, stiff tails or Hawaiian ducks. A full list of permitted species is available online at www.fws. gov/juniorduck.

Artwork entries will be judged on the basis of original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1-inch by 1 1/2-inch stamp. Along with the art, a conservation message written by one of the participants will be selected. Five judges from North Dakota will judge the artwork in late March 2014 at Audubon National Wildlife Refuge.

Students’ artwork will be judged in four age groups according to grade level: kindergarten to third grade, fourth to sixth grade, seventh to ninth grade and sophomores to seniors. Three first-place, three second-place and three third-place entries, along with 16 honorable mentions, will be selected from each age group. A “Best of Show” from the 12 first-place winners will be selected and submitted to the Federal Duck Stamp Office and entered into the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest held in April at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.

The first-place art from the national contest is used to create a National Junior Duck Stamp each year. The Junior Duck Stamp is available for $5 at the U.S. Postal Service and from many national wildlife refuges. Proceeds from the sale of the stamps support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships to participating students, teachers and schools.

A downloadable entry form and information on contest rules and regulations can be found online at www.fws. gov/juniorduck.

For more information or if questions, contact State Coordinator Jackie Jacobson at 701-442-5474 ext. 117, or Entries and reference forms should be postmarked by March 15, 2014, and mailed to:

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge

ND Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator

3275 11th St. NW

Coleharbor, ND 58531