The Junior Duck Stamp design contest is underway, and the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is again serving as the focal point for Washington’s contest.
The winning design of the national contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will be used for the $5 Junior Duck stamp.
After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students can use that knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. The list of eligible species can be found on the website.
Art work is judged in four groups (grades kindergarten-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12) with three first place, three second place, three third place and 16 honorable mentions awarded in each group.
The winner of Washington’s Best in Show continues on to the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest, where first through third place winners receive a $1,000, $500 and $200 cash prize, respectively.
If you are interested in entering the contest, check out fws.gov/juniorduck for details and entry applications. Any student in kindergarten through 12th grade and attending public, private or home schools in the United States and U.S. Territories is eligible to enter.
The deadline to enter this year’s contest for Washington is March 15.
For more information, contact Michael Schramm at 360-753-9467 or by email at email@example.com.