The artwork above, by Stacy Shen, 16, of Fremont, California, has been selected to appear on the 2016-17 federal Junior Duck Stamp.
A panel of five judges made the selection at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the results on Friday, April 22, 2016.
Shen’s colored-pencil entry shows a pair of Ross’s Geese. It also won the California State Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The work was judged the winner among Best-of-Show entries from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, 27,192 entries were submitted to the 52 state and territory Junior Duck Stamp contests. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education.
Sarah Clayton, 18, of Sidney, Ohio, took second place with an oil painting depicting a pair of Ring-necked Ducks. Third place went to Chase Mascaro, 16, of Slidell, Louisiana, for his rendition of Hooded Mergansers.
The First Day of Sale Ceremony for the 2016-17 federal and junior duck stamps will be held June 24, 2016, at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield, Missouri. It is free and open to the public.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of a year-long Junior Duck Stamp conservation program used by educators across the nation.
The program’s Educators Guide and Youth Guide provide 10 lesson plans with exercises and activities focusing on conservation science, our changing natural world, and fun. Supplemental guides focus on home schools and informal education settings such as nature centers, national wildlife refuges and after-school programs.
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