The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2012 Ohio Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which is administered by the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2012.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, celebrating its 20 year anniversary, engages children in environmental education through art. The program guides students, using scientific and wildlife observation principles to communicate visually what they have learned through an entry in their state’s Junior Duck Stamp contest. This conservation education program is open to any child in kindergarten through high school.
Students may submit artwork featuring one of the following species: whistling ducks, swans, geese, brant, dabbling ducks, diving ducks, sea ducks, mergansers, stiff tails, or Hawaiian ducks. A full list of permitted species is available online at http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck. Judging will be open to the general public, and will be begin at 9:00 a.m. on March 16 at Holiday Inn, Westlake, Ohio. Artwork entries will be judged on the basis of original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1” by 1.5” stamp.
During the contest, students will be judged in four groups according to grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.Three first, three second and three third place entries, along with 16 honorable mentions will be selected from each group.