You can now see a preview of the 2011 art submissions for the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest at OutdoorsWeekly.com. The winning submission will be printed on the 2012-2013 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. According to the US Fish & Wildlife Service,
The $15 Federal Duck Stamp is a vital tool for wetland conservation, with 98 cents of every dollar generated going to purchase or lease wetland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since the stamp’s inception, sales have helped to acquire nearly six million acres of wildlife habitat at hundreds of refuges in nearly every state.
There’s even a Junior duck stamp contest – and the entries are amazing! This program seems to exhibit the very essence of biocreativity and is wonderful science-art project.
The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic, art and science program designed to teach wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school and help reconnect youth with the outdoors. The program 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.
This year’s winner was 17-year-old Abraham Hunter from Vienna, Illinois. Check out the finalists from each state here.