2018-01-18 / Nature

Annual Duck Stamp Program

The call for entries for the 2018 Rhode Island Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is now underway. The free Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design program is open to K-12 students nationwide. The innovative art- and science based curriculum is designed to help young people explore wildlife biology, of both plants and animals, and management principles and conservation in many different settings. Students create an original drawing or painting of waterfowl and creatively express what they have learned about wetlands and conservation. They are allowed to use photos, reference materials, or firsthand observations to create their artwork.

Rhode Island students submit more than 600 entries each year, and the culmination is an award ceremony during which winners are announced and the artwork is displayed.

While the entry submission deadline is nearly four months away on March 1, hundreds of ducks, representing many species, have already begun arriving at their wintering grounds on the freshwater and saltwater habitats of Aquidneck Island. A family excursion through these regions will give young artists an opportunity to observe these waterfowl.

Guidelines for the competition are on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Junior Duck Stamp website at fws.gov/juniorduck.

For details and photos from last year’s competition, see the group’s Facebook page, Junior Duck Stamp RI, or email the RI Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, Jaclyn Sheridan Witterschein, at juniorduckstampri@gmail.com.

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