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Duck stamp contest underway for young artists

Updated: April 10, 2014 6:09AM



Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is accepting entries for the Illinois Junior Duck Stamp contest through March 15.

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Program, which teaches students about waterfowl habitat conservation and allows them to express what they have learned artistically, according to a press release about the contest.

Students are encouraged to observe the animals in their natural habitat in order to create their original duck stamp contest entry, the release said.

Winners will be chosen in four age categories, with 100 prizes being awarded. The winning Illinois artwork will be exhibited in the University Museum gallery. The student who receives “Best of Show” for Illinois will have their piece submitted into the national contest, the winner of which becomes the image for the next collectible Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

The Junior Duck Stamp is available for $5 from the U.S. Postal Service and from many National Wildlife Refuges, according to the press release. All proceeds from the sale of the stamps support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for participating students, teachers and schools.

The awards ceremony for Illinois will be held April 12 at the University Museum at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is the state-receiving site for the Illinois Junior Duck Stamp Program. All entries must be submitted to the refuge postmarked no later than March 15.

For more information about the contest or program, call (618) 997-3344, Ext. 1, or visit www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

Staff report



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