Minnesota Jr. Duck Stamp Artwork Now on Display at the PWLC

Winning 2014 Junior Duck Stamp artwork of kindergarten through 12th grade students from all

around the state is now on display until April 17 during regular business hours, Monday through

Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC).

Kennedy Secondary School junior Allison Ringquist of Fergus Falls has a copy of her 1st place

wood duck piece on display in the 10th-12th grade age group.  Kennedy 6th grader Anyen Fiedler

has her award-winning Conservation Message on display as well.

“We welcome visitors of all ages to stop in and view the artwork created by these talented

young artists.  Hopefully it will inspire you, or someone you know to learn more about ducks,

and wetland conservation, and possibly awaken your artistic talents to create your own duck

stamp entry,” invited Lynda Knutsen, MN Jr. Duck Stamp coordinator for the U.S. Fish and

Wildlife Service.

Students submitted artwork featuring North American duck, goose, and swan species. More

than 900 entries were received for the 20th Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp Contest with more

than 100 awards presented, a total of 12 each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places plus 64 honorable

mentions, 1 best in show, 1 special student honor, and 1 conservation message award.  Entries

and awards are divided into age group categories (K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th, 6th-9th, and 10th-

12th).  Copies of all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade pieces are on display, plus the best of show and

conservation message.

The MN Best in Show piece of a harlequin duck by 14-year-old Felix Oh advanced to the

National Junior Duck Stamp Contest held in spring 2014.  It competed against other Best in

Show pieces, one from each state in the U.S.

Nationally, more than 29,000 students participated in state Junior Duck Stamp competitions in

2014 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Contest judges typically included bird and wildlife experts and artists, and art teachers.  Artwork

entries were judged on the basis of original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition

and suitability for reproduction on a 1” by 1.5” stamp.

The national best in show winner’s artwork is reproduced on a stamp each year and may be

purchased for $5 from the U.S. Postal Service, Amplex (800) 852-4897, and at some national

wildlife refuges. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support conservation

education.

The 2015 MN Jr. Duck Display toured several other cities.  Fergus Falls is the last display stop on

a year-long, statewide tour concluding here April 17.

Youth may submit their original artwork by March 15th each year to Agassiz National Wildlife

Refuge in Middle River, MN.  Students can submit artwork with a parent, guardian, or teacher

signing the entry form as the supervising adult.  Each student may submit only one piece per

year.  Some Jr. Duck Stamp artists continue on and compete in the Federal Duck Stamp contest

as adults.

The Junior Duck Stamp program was inspired by the adult federal duck stamp and began in

1989 with just two states submitting entries.  The purpose of the contest is to focus student

interest on waterfowl and wetland education and to help connect youth to the outdoors.  It

includes a dynamic, active, conservation through the arts curriculum for K-12th graders.

The free curriculum guides students, using scientific and wildlife observation principles, to

communicate visually what they have learned through an entry into the Junior Duck Stamp art

contest. This non-traditional pairing of subjects brings new interest to both the sciences and the

arts. It crosses cultural, ethnic, social and geographic boundaries to teach greater awareness of

our nation’s natural resources.  Teachers may obtain the curriculum by visiting

http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/curriculum.html.

Although participation is voluntary, today, every state participates, and the contest is mandated

by federal law.  For more information on contest rules and regulations for teachers and

supervising adults, visit http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

The PWLC is comprised of 330 acres of wetlands and prairies, and includes a visitor center with

classrooms, exhibit hall, and dining area, plus four miles of trails and 28 wetlands.  It is located

at 602 State Highway 210 East, Fergus Falls, one mile from exit 57 off I-94.  For more

information, call (218) 998-4480, visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/fergus_falls_wmd or find the

PWLC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PrairieWetlands .

The PWLC is part of the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District, managed by the U.S. Fish

and Wildlife Service (Service).  The Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for

conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the

continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 150-million-acre National

Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 560 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small

wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63

Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations.  For more

information, visit www.fws.gov.

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