Duck stamp contest entries wanted

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries for the 2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which in Minnesota is administered by Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Student artwork will be judged in four grade groups: kindergarten through third, fourth-sixth, seventh-ninth, 10th-12th. Submitted artwork must feature a native North American waterfowl species. A full list of permitted species as well as an entry form and information about the contest is available at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.
Three first, three second and three third place, along with 16 honorable mentions will be awarded in each age group. In addition, the conservation message and special student honors will be awarded. The artwork will be judged on original design, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1-inch by 1½-inch stamp. A Best of Show entry will be selected from the 12 first place winners and entered in the national contest held in April. The national winner’s artwork is used to create a Junior Duck Stamp each year. The stamp is available for $5, with proceeds used to support conservation education and contest awards.
Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2014, and mailed to Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 3815 American Blvd East, Bloomington, MN 55425. For more information, contact Mara Koenig at (952) 858-0710 or mara_koenig@fws.gov.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is a dynamic educational program designed to spark youth interest in habitat conservation through science, art, math, and technology. Students in kindergarten through high school are encouraged to interpret the natural world through artistic expression. By providing a basis for participation in the Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, the activities encourage students to move beyond simply “learning about” wildlife and wildlife art to testing their abilities as wildlife artists.

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