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Youth invited to take part in Duck Stamp contest

Shown is last year’s winning duck stamp from the JDS Program. It was designed by Madison Grimm of Burbank, S.D.
Shown is last year’s winning duck stamp from the JDS Program. It was designed by Madison Grimm of Burbank, S.D.

Participating in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program is a unique opportunity for youth in kindergarten through 12th grade to engage in the outdoors, explore the natural world and learn about waterfowl, wetlands and habitat conservation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries for the 2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which in Iowa is administered by Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Entries for the contest must be postmarked by March 15, and mailed to Neal Smith NWR, P.O. Box 399, 9981 Pacific St., Prairie City, IA 50228.

Student artwork will be judged in four grade groups: K-three, four-six, seven-nine and 10-12. In each group there are three first-, three second- and three third-place winners, along with 16 honorable mentions from each group. The artwork will be judged on original design, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1” by 1.5” stamp.

A “Best of Show” entry will be selected from the twelve first-place winners and will be entered in the national contest held in mid-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.

Students will submit artwork that features a native North American waterfowl species. A full list of permitted species is available online at www.fws.gov/juniorduck. A downloadable entry form and information about the contest, including rules and regulations, can be found on the website as well. For additional information, or for questions regarding participation in the contest, contact Doreen Van Ryswyk at 515-994-3400 or doreen_vanryswyk@fws.gov.

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