Wednesday, April 3, 2013

MN Junior Duck Stamp Winners Announced!

Last month, 18-year-old Cassidy Haggard of Park Rapids, Minn. won best of show honors at the 2013 Minnesota Junior Duck Stamp Contest with her oil painting rendition of a Common Goldeneye. "Quack, quack! Pond Back!" was the winning conservation message submitted by 15-year-old Sophie Olund of St. Paul, Minn.

More than 400 entries were received and 100 winners were selected. Haggard's artwork along with Olund's message will advance to the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held in April at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepardstown, WV.

Special Student honors go to 12-year-old Taylor Sue Rabehl of Wabasha, Minn. Her artwork will be the visual image for promoting the program for 2014. This year's recipient of the Minnesota Teacher Recognition was Kari Halker-Saather from St. Michael-Albertville Senior High School of St. Michael, Minn.

"Minnesota youth are sharing their artistic talents to conserve wildlife and educate others on the importance of our natural resources," said Mara Koenig, Minnesota Coordinator of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program.

Contest judges included Wildlife Biologist Tom Cooper, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Environmental and Outdoor Education Coordinator Jeff Lederman, MN Department of Education; Assistant Regional Director David Scott, Migratory Birds & State Programs, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Art Teacher, Mary Pat Simons and Wildlife Biologist Nick Rowse.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is a dynamic educational program designed to spark youth interest in habitat conservation through science, art, math, and technology. Students in kindergarten through high school are encouraged to interpret the natural world through artistic expression. By providing a basis for participation in the Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, the activities encourage students to move beyond simply "learning about" wildlife and wildlife art to testing their abilities as wildlife artists.

For more information on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program visit: