Since 1938, the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp or 'Duck Stamp' has been required of anyone hunting ducks or geese, although anyone can purchase a duck stamp. The funds generated from these stamps have helped restore and improve important wetlands and the stamps have become collectors' items. Duck stamps are one of the most successful wildlife restoration programs in the history of this nation!
Conservation Through the Arts
Claire Schaffer, 2015 Best of Show
The Junior Duck Stamp Program, modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp, was launched in 1991 by the US Fish & Wildlife Service with the aim of increasing young people's awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. In 1992, the US Fish and Wildlife Service printed the first ever Junior Duck Stamp with the funds used to provide awards, incentives, and scholarships to participating students, teachers, and schools.
This dynamic conservation and design program is designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students communicate visually what they have learned by creating an entry for the Junior Duck Stamp Program art contest. The non-traditional pairing of subjects brings new interest to both science and the arts and teaches greater awareness of our natural resources. The art is judged in four age group categories in a statewide competition, and the entry judged Best of Show moves on to represent Massachusetts in the national JDS competition. Artwork submissions must be postmarked by March 15 of each year.
In Massachusetts the Junior Duck Stamp Program is sponsored by MassWildlife, Massachusetts Wildlife Federation, Massachusetts Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
If you are interested in participating in the Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Program, contact Pam Landry, MassWildlife Education Coordinator at Pam.Landry@state.ma.us or at (508) 389-6310.
Junior Duck Stamp Winners
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JDS in the News
Click here to view an article entitled, "Acton, Boxboro, and Lexington Win Big at 2015 Junior Duck Stamp" by Victor Chen featured in Bostonese.
Click here to view an article entitled, "Connecting Children with Nature through Science and Art: Junior Duck Stamp Program Marks 20 Years in Massachusetts" by Pam Landry featured in Bird Observer.