The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.
The program attracts approximately 26,500 participants each year from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. Since 1994, sales of Junior Duck Stamps have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for conservation education. The 2004-2005 Junior Duck Stamp will be the eleventh design produced.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Assistance may be used to: 1.
provide awards and scholarships to students who submitted winning designs in State/Territory rounds of the Junior Duck Stamp Contest; 2.
provide awards to schools and other program participants in order to promote the conservation goals of the program; and 3.
cover program outreach and marketing costs.
The Federal Duck Stamp Office provides cash awards intended for scholarship purposes to winners of the national round of the Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
Students in kindergarten through twelfth grades attending a public, private, or home school in the United States and U.S.
Territories are eligible to participate.
A First Place winner of the national round of the Junior Duck Stamp Contest cannot submit an entry again for two years.
Individual/Family, Student/Trainee, Artist/Humanist, U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or nationals who are in kindergarten through twelfth grades at a public, private, or home school in the United States or U.S. territories.
Must be a student in kindergarten through twelfth grade and attend a public, private, or home school in the United States or U.S. Territory. Must verify that entry submitted is student's original artwork and grant the Fish and Wildlife Service permission to use, alter, publish and display artwork.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
An eligible student must submit a visual arts entry to the corresponding State/Territory Junior Duck Stamp Program coordinator. A student is limited to one entry per contest year. A completed and signed Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Entry form must be affixed to the back of the entry using glue or adhesive tape. If the student wishes to enter the conservation message contest as well, he or she must write an original message on this form.
1. State/Territory rounds: An eligible entry is judged first in the home State/Territory contest of the submitting student. These contests are held in late March or early April. Entries are divided into four categories based on the grade-level of the submitting student and reviewed by a panel of five judges. In each State/Territory contest, Judges select three 1st place, three 2nd place, three 3rd place, and sixteen honorable mention winners for each category. From among the twelve 1st place entries, the judges select a Best of Show entry to represent that State or Territory in the national round of the contest. In some State/Territory contests, the conservation messages written by the students and entered on their entry forms are also judged and awarded prizes. In mid-April, State/Territory coordinators present certificates to all participants and award prizes to the winners of this round. 2. National contest: State/Territory coordinators submit the Best of Show entries to the Federal Duck Stamp Office. In late April, these entries are judged in the national round of the contest by a panel of five judges. From among all State/Territory Best of Show entries, the judges select a winning entry to become the next Junior Duck Stamp. One 2nd place, one 3rd place, seven Top Ten, and 15 honorable mention entries are also selected. The judges select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place conservation messages as well. In mid-May, the Federal Duck Stamp office awards prizes to the national contest winners.
Entries must be postmarked by midnight, March 15th of the corresponding contest year. Note: for South Carolina, entries must be postmarked by midnight, January 30th, and for Ohio, entries must be postmarked by midnight, March 1st of the corresponding contest year.
Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994, Public Law 103-340, 108 Stat. 3119-3120, 16 U.S.C. 719; Reauthorization of the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994, Public Law 106-316, 114 Stat. 1276, 16 U.S.C. 719.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
State/Territory rounds: March-April. National round: April-May.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Prizes are awarded within one year of contest win.
Post Assistance Requirements
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
FY 07 $164,000; FY 08 est $150,000; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
At the State/territory level, range is from $0 to $2,350. At the national level, range is from $200 to $5,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manual, Part 901 FW 5. Copies of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition Rules and Entry Form and the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Curriculum Guide can be obtained free of charge from the Federal Duck Stamp Office.
Regional or Local Office
Alabama: Kevin Hamrick, Wheeler NWR, 2700 Refuge Hdqtrs. Rd., Decatur, AL 35603; Telephone: (256) 350-6639, firstname.lastname@example.org; Alaska: Barry Whitehill, Yukon Flats NWR, 101 12th Ave., R.264, Box 14, Fairbanks, AK 99701; Telephone: (907) 456-0440, Education_Specialist@fws.gov; American Samoa: Sue Thomas, USFWS, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232; Telephone: (503) 231-6164, email@example.com; Arizona: Margot Bissell, Cabeza Prieta NWR, 1611 N. 2nd Ave., Ajo, AZ 85321; Telephone: (520) 387-6483, firstname.lastname@example.org; Arkansas: Shannon Caldwell, One 4H Way, Little Rock, AR 72223; Telephone: (501) 821-6884, email@example.com; California: Marilyn Gamette, Sacramento NWR Complex, 752 County Rd 99W, Willows, CA 95988; Telephone: (530) 934-2801, firstname.lastname@example.org; Colorado: Kristen Gilbert, Alamosa/Monte Vista NWR, 9383 El Rancho Lane, Alamosa, CO 81101; Telephone: (719) 589-4021, email@example.com; Connecticut: Chris Samor, CN Waterfowl Assoc., 29 Bowers Hill Rd., Oxford, CT 06478, firstname.lastname@example.org; Delaware: Trina Cale-Rosario, DE Div./Fish and Wildlife, 4876 Hay Point Landing. Rd., Smyrna, DE 19977; Telephone: (302) 653-2882 x104, email@example.com; District of Columbia: Ira Palmer, DC Fish and Wildlife Div., 51 N St., NE, Rm 5002, Washington, DC 20002; Telephone: (202) 535-2266, firstname.lastname@example.org; Florida: Toni Westland, J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR, 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957, 239/472-1100, email@example.com; Georgia: Deborah Harris, GA Ecological Svcs., 247 S. Milledge, Athens, GA 30605; Telephone: (706) 613-9493, Deborah_c_harris@fws.gov; Hawaii: Sandy Hall, USFWS, Rm. 5-311, Box 50187, Pacific Islands Office, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96850; Telephone: (808) 792-9530, sandra_hall@R1.fws.gov; Idaho: Todd Fenzl, Deer Flat NWR, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd., Nampa, ID 83686; Telephone: (208) 467-9378 or 79, firstname.lastname@example.org; Illinois: Mary Allen, IL DNR, Div. of Ed., 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; Telephone: (217) 524-4126, email@example.com.IL.us; Indiana: Donna Stanley, Muscatatuck NWR, 12985 E. US Hwy 50, Seymour, IN 47274; Telephone: (812) 522-4352, firstname.lastname@example.org; Iowa: Doreen VanRyswyk, Neal Smith NWR, 9981 Pacific Street, P.O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228; Telephone: (515) 994-3400, email@example.com; Kansas: Lorrie Beck, Great Plains Nature Ctr., 6232 E. 29th North, Wichita, KS 67220; Telephone: (316) 683-5499 x108, firstname.lastname@example.org; Kentucky: Laura Lang, KY Dept./Fish and Wildlife, #1 Game Farm Road, Frankfort, KY 40601; Telephone: (502) 564-3400, Laura.Lang@ky.gov; Louisiana: John P. Barr, Jr., Natchitoches NFH, 615 South Dr., Natchitoches, LA 71457; Telephone: (318) 352-5324, email@example.com; Maine: Graham Taylor, Rachel Carson NWR, 321 Port Rd., Wells, ME 04090; Telephone: (207) 646-9226, firstname.lastname@example.org; Maryland: Maria Vonderheid, Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027; Telephone: (301) 497-5761, email@example.com; Massachusetts: Pam Landry, MA Wildlife Federation, One Rabbit Hill Rd., Westboro, MA 01581; Telephone: (508) 792-7270 x110, firstname.lastname@example.org; Michigan: Chuck Marsh, MI Duck Hunters Tourn., 3517 Anna, Trenton, MI 48183; Telephone: (734) 676-1995, email@example.com; Minnesota: Mara Lundeen, MN Valley NWR, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, MN 55425; Telephone: (952) 858-0710, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mississippi: Rebecca Gruneberg, MS Museum of Natural Science, 2148 Riverside Dr., Jackson, MS 39202; Telephone: (601) 354-7303, email@example.com; Missouri: Tim Haller, Big Muddy NWR, 4200 New Haven Dr., Columbia, MO 65102; Telephone: (573) 441-2799, 1-800-611-1826, firstname.lastname@example.org; Montana: Outdoor Recreation Planner, Lee Metcalf NWR, P.O. Box 247, Stevensville, MT 59870; Telephone: (406) 777-5552, email@example.com; Nebraska: Brad McKinney, Crescent Lake NWR Complex, 115 Railway, Scottsbluff, NE 69361;Telephone:(308) 635-7851, firstname.lastname@example.org; Nevada: Donna Withers, Stillwater NWR, 1000 Auction Rd., Fallon, NV 89406; Telephone: (775) 423-5128, email@example.com; New Hampshire: Victor Young, NH Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; Telephone: (603) 271-3211, firstname.lastname@example.org.NH.us; NewJersey: LysaHelm,TheWetlands Institute, 1075 Stone HarborBlvd.,StoneHarbor, NJ 08247; Telephone: (609) 368-1211, email@example.com; New Mexico: Steve Alvarez, Bitter Lake NWR, 4065 Bitter Lakes Rd., Roswell, NM 88201; Telephone: (505) 622-6755 x29, firstname.lastname@example.org; New York: Liz Gonzalez-Spagnuolo, Wertheim NWR, P.O. Box 21, 360 Smith Road, Shirley, NY 11967; Telephone: (631) 874-4814; North Carolina: Patty Matteson, USFWS Ecological Survey, 551 F. Pylon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606; Telephone: (919) 856-4520 x25, email@example.com; North Dakota: Kristine Askerooth, Tewaukon NWR, 9754 143 1/2 Ave. SE, Cayuga, ND 58013; Telephone: (701) 724-3598, firstname.lastname@example.org Ohio: Rebecca Hinkle, Ottawa NWR, 14000 W. State Rt. 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449; Telephone: (419) 898-0014, email@example.com; Oklahoma: Claudine Daniel, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Route 1, Box 448, Indiahoma, OK 73552; Telephone: (580) 429-3221, firstname.lastname@example.org; Oregon: Pam Johnson, OR Coast NWR Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport, OR 97365; Telephone: (541) 867-4550, email@example.com; Pennsylvania: Joyce Sliter, Erie NWR, 11296 Wood Duck Lane, Guys Mills, PA 16327; Telephone: (814) 789-3585, firstname.lastname@example.org; Rhode Island: Valerie Crane-Slocumb, USFWS Div. of Migratory Birds-R5, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035; Telephone: (413) 253-8643, email@example.com; South Carolina: Steve Bates, SC Dept. of Nat. Resources, 1000 Assembly St. #209, Columbia, SC 29202; Telephone: (803) 734-3885, firstname.lastname@example.org; South Dakota: Karrie Schmidt, USFWS, Federal Bldg. Rm 309, 200 4th Street, SW, Huron, SD 57350; Telephone: (605) 352-5894, email@example.com; Tennessee: Joan Stevens, Tennessee NWR, 3006 Dinkins Lane, Paris, TN 38242; Telephone: (731) 642-2091, firstname.lastname@example.org; Texas: Michael Carlo, Santa Ana NWR, RR2, Box 202A, Alamo, TX 78516; Telephone: (956) 787-7630, email@example.com; Utah: Betsy Beneke, Bear River Bird Refuge, 58 South 950 West, Brigham City, UT 84302; Telephone: (435) 723-5887 x16, firstname.lastname@example.org; Vermont: Eileen Nunez, Missisquoi NWR, 371 N. River Street, Swanton, VT 05488; Telephone: (802) 868-4781, email@example.com; Virginia: Valerie Crane-Slocumb, USFWS Div. Of Migratory Birds-R5, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035; Telephone: (413) 253-8643, firstname.lastname@example.org; Virgin Islands: William Coles, VI Div. of Fish and Wildlife, 45 Mars Hill, Fredriksted, VI 00840; Telephone: (340) 713-2422, email@example.com; Washington: David Falzetti, Nisqually NWR, 100 Brown Farm Rd., Olympia, WA 98516; Telephone: (360) 753-9467, firstname.lastname@example.org; West Virginia: Janet Butler, Ohio River Islands NWR, P.O. Box 1811 (mail), 3004 7th St., Parkersburg, WV 26102; Telephone: (304) 422-0752, email@example.com; Wisconsin: Molly Mehl, Necedah NWR, W7996 20th St. West, Necedah, WI 54646, 608/565-2551, firstname.lastname@example.org; Wyoming: Jane Lavino, National Museum of Wildlife Art, P.O. Box 6825 (mail), 2820 Rungius Rd., Jackson, WY 83002; Telephone: (307) 733-5771, email@example.com.
National Junior Duck Stamp Program Coordinator, Federal Duck Stamp Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mail Stop: MBSP-4070, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203; Telephone: (703) 358-2000, Fax: 703/358-2009, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
An eligible entry meets the following criteria: 1. Entry is a 9' x 12' horizontal image, with total thickness not to exceed 1/2". 2. Entry is the student's original, hand-done creation and has not been traced or otherwise replicated from another artist's photographs or other published works. 3. Entry is not created through the use of computers or other mechanical device. Note: Air brush is allowed. 4. The prominent feature of the entry is one of the following North American waterfowl species: Tundra Swan, Trumpeter Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Ross' Goose, Brant, Canada Goose, Emperor Goose, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Mottled Duck, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Common Eider, Spectacled Eider, King Eider, Steller's Eider, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck (formerly Oldsquaw), Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, or Ruddy Duck. These Hawaiian species are also permitted: Koloa, Nene Goose, or Laysan Duck. Note: Entries from students in U.S. Territories may include a species of waterfowl that naturally occurs in that specific territory. 5. No lettering, signature, or initials appear on the front of the design. 6. An entry done in chalk or pastel must be sprayed with a fixative. 7. Entry is not matted, framed, or otherwise covered with glass, plastic, or irremovable protective wrapper. 8. Entry is postmarked by midnight, March 15th of the corresponding contest year and mailed to the appropriate state/territory Junior Duck Stamp Program coordinator. Note: for South Carolina, entries must be postmarked by midnight, January 30th, and for Ohio, entries must be postmarked by midnight, March 1st of the corresponding contest year. In addition to meeting eligibility requirements, entries are judged according to the following criteria: biological and anatomical accuracy, habitat accuracy, artistic composition, and suitability of design for reproduction as a stamp.