2013-12-19 / Nature

Duck Stamp Art Contest Seeks Entrants

By Jack Kelly

Lea Fabre, captured first place in her age division in 2013. Lea Fabre, captured first place in her age division in 2013. The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island has announced that the 2013-2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Program is accepting applications and artwork through March 15. The Junior Duck Stamp is a pictorial stamp produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that recognizes the conservation efforts of young people and supports environmental and conservation programs in the United States. Each year a stamp design is selected from a national art contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

While the stamps are not valid for postage, the proceeds from the sale of the $5 collectible stamp are used to fund environmental education programs for children, which allow them the opportunity to investigate what is fun, unique and mysterious about the many species of waterfowl and the wetland habitats that Newport County has to offer. All K-12 students attending public, private, tribal, or home schools are eligible to enter. Entrants may use crayons, pencil, watercolors or other paints to create their waterfowl images in this free program.

Artwork may be inspired by personal experience, reference materials, or by observing live specimens in their natural habitats across Aquidneck Island. A list of local waterfowl sightings is maintained by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and may be accessed at asri.org or by calling 401-949- 5454. The Norman Bird Sanctuary staff may also be helpful in locating areas where waterfowl may be found in their natural habitats. Visit normanbirdsanctuary.org or call 401-847-2577.

Entry forms and rules can be found at fws.gov/juniorduck/artcontest. For more information, contact state coordinator Shannon Griffith at 315-391-6362 or sgriffith94@gmail.com.

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