Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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Federal Junior Duck Stamp art on display at Dickson Mounds Museum

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[May 15, 2012]  LEWISTOWN -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that a northern pintail was selected to appear on the 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The artwork will be on display in the Dickson Mounds Museum lobby for the month of May. 

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 education.

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 collectors.

For more Junior Duck Stamp information, visit http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/.

[Text from file received from Dickson Mounds Museum]

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