The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
The design for the new stamp, painted by Christine Clayton, was
chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art
Contest at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Md.
"I congratulate our winning artist and all of the talented young
people who participate in the Junior Duck Stamp conservation and
design program each year," said Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service. "Now in its 20th year, the Junior Duck Stamp
competition is the culmination of a yearlong Junior Duck Stamp
conservation program used by educators across the nation to connect
youth with nature and inspire budding wildlife artists."
The oil painting, which won the Ohio Junior Duck Stamp Contest,
was judged the winner among best-of-show entries from all 50 states,
the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands. Proceeds from sales of the Junior Duck Stamp -- which the
Fish and Wildlife Service sells for $5 -- support environmental
Matthew Messina of Avon, Conn., took second place with an oil
painting depicting a single wood duck. Third place went to Hyun Wang
of California for his rendition of a pair of hooded mergansers. The
2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Message Contest winner
was 15-year-old Amarylis Montalvo from Puerto Rico, with her entry:
"Valora Proteje y Preserva su Habitat" ("Appreciate, Protect and
Preserve Your Habitat").
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The "First Day of Sale" ceremony for the 2012-2013 Federal and
Junior Duck Stamps will be on June 29 at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor
World in Hampton, Va. The event is free and open to the public. Both
the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp artists will be available to sign
stamps, and the U.S. Postal Service will have a special cancellation
For more Junior Duck Stamp information, visit
[Text from file received from
Dickson Mounds Museum]