CHINCOTEAGUE -- The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge invites students K-12 attending public, private, or home schools to participate in the 2010 Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest.
The competition is an art-based educational program that allows students to participate in a nationwide waterfowl arts competition. The process also exposes students to the nation's wealth of migratory waterfowl and motivates students to take active roles in conserving these species, said Virginia Junior Duck Stamp Program Coordinator Aubrey Hall.
Hall also emphasized that the program is meant to be a fun journey into the world of waterfowl. The artistic skill level of the students is not the focus of the contest.
All students entering the state contest will receive a Certificate of Participation. Entries may also receive prizes or honorable mention ribbons. The State Best of Show will represent Virginia in the national competition. National awards include a complimentary trip to the First Day of Duck Stamp Sales Ceremony in Washington, D.C. and a monetary award.
Participants select a bird from a list of native North American waterfowl. For more information, contact refuge staff or explore the Federal Duck Stamp Web site (http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/).
Entries must be mailed to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 62, Chincoteague, Va. 23336 and postmarked by midnight, March 15. Judging will occur Friday, March 19.