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January 5, 2012

Jan. 13 deadline for Junior Duck Stamp contest entries

The Junior Duck Stamp contest is designed to teach students K–12 the importance of wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation while incorporating scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum. It introduces school-age children to an important and fragile part of the natural world. Students can learn about the importance of wetlands, benefits of South Carolina waterfowl, learn about migratory birds, and hundreds of plants and animals that share wetland habitats.

The contest deadline is January 13, 2012.

Participants compete in four grade groups (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12) to create visually compelling and biologically accurate drawings or paintings of any of the 46 native species of ducks, geese and swans. Three prize-winners will be awarded to each of the four grade groups. An overall “Best of Show” will be awarded to one of the twelve winners who will go on to compete in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The winning national entry is used to create the Junior Duck Stamp for the following year and is sold by the U.S. Postal Service and other vendors. Proceeds from the Stamp sales help support environmental and conservation education efforts, and awards for contest winners.

The winning students in the South Carolina Contest will have their artwork exhibited at several locations throughout the year, including the 30th Annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

For full contest rules, guidelines and requirements, please download the 2012 Contest Overview & Rules.

The 2012 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp Contest is sponsored by the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, South Carolina Ducks Unlimited and the SC Department of Natural Resources.

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