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February 12, 2009

Calling Young Artists:  Enter the 2009 Junior Duck Stamp Contest

CONCORD, N.H. -- Young New Hampshire artists kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to submit original artwork depicting North American waterfowl to the New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department runs the statewide competition, which is part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  The contest gives students a chance to show off their artistic talents and learn about conservation.  The art competition is open to public, private and home-schooled New Hampshire students. 

Entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2009.  For competition guidelines, send your request to: Victor Young, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.  Competition guidelines, including dimension requirements and an entry form also can be downloaded from www.wildnh.com/Education/ed_Junior_Duck_Contest.htm.

The New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest will award first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons in four groups: grades K-3; 4-6; 7-9; and 10-12.  The State Best-of-Show will be selected from among the first-place winning designs.  Winning artwork in all categories will be displayed at N.H Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.  The Best-of-Show New Hampshire winner advances to the national Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, in which the three top winners receive a cash award and a trip to the adult Federal Duck Stamp Contest. 

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an integrated art and science activity developed to teach environmental science and habitat conservation.  "In the process of creating Junior Duck Stamp designs, students gain a better understanding of the importance of conserving habitat as they explore the esthetic qualities of wildlife," said Victor Young, who coordinates New Hampshire Fish and Game's statewide contest.  Teachers who want to integrate these lessons into their coursework can find a curriculum guide for teaching conservation through the arts at www.fws.gov/juniorduck/EducationProgram.htm.

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