Youths’ waterfowl renderings used for U.S. postage stamp

Young artists can submit their waterfowl artwork to be considered for the 2009 Washington Junior Duck Stamp Competition. The competition is open to all children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Entries must depict a live portrayal of a native North American duck, swan, or goose.

The staff at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is accepting entries, which must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on March 15.

Submissions will be judged within four grade-level categories: kindergarten to second, third to sixth, seventhto ninth and 10th to 12th. Each category will have three first-place, three second-place and three third-place awards, as well as 16 honorable mentions. A Best of Show will be selected out of all the first-place winners. The selection will be sent to the national contest to compete for the opportunity to be published as the 2009 Junior Duck Stamp that is sold by the U.S. Postal Service.

Profits from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps fund environmental education programs as well as benefitting the Junior Duck Stamp program.

Acceptable artwork media include ink, pastel, crayon, paint, pencil, scratchboard, airbrush, linoleum printing, paper collage, drybrush, crosshatch and pointillism. No photography, computer generated images or weak pencil drawings will be accepted.

Details on the contest, including a list of eligible species and entry forms, as well as more information on the Junior Duck Stamp Program itself, can be found at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

For more information on the Washington Junior Duck Stamp Competition contact Jackie LaRue at 360-753-9467 or jackie_larue@fws.gov.

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