By RODNEY D. BOAM
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting young artists to participate in their Annual Duck Stamp Art Contest.
“The Junior Duck Stamp Contest uses both conservation and design principals to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to students,” said Susan Kain, Idaho’s Junior Duck Stamp coordinator.
All Idaho students can enter their artwork into the state-wide contest and entries are judged in four categories (grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12). Over 25 ribbons are awarded to winning entries in each age group; all participants receive a certificate of participation. The winning artwork in Idaho will be submitted to the national contest.
In addition to seeing their artwork on the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp, the first place winner in the national contest will receive a $1000 cash award and a free trip to Washington, D.C. The second and third place winners in the national contest receive $500 and $200 cash awards.
Entry form and information on contest rules and regulations can be found online at http:// www.fws.gov/jrduck
Entries and reference forms should be postmarked by March 15, 2014, and mailed to: Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, ID 83686.
This story is sponsored by The Preston Citizen Bookstore.
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