Texas Junior Duck Stamp artwork on display in Rockport
Texas' 2012 Junior Duck Stamp participants will have their artwork on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Rockport Center for the Arts, 902 Navigation Circle, Rockport.
Kindergarten through high school participants's art focuses on North American waterfowl with first, second and third place winners chosen from each age group.
The winner of best in show will advance to the national Junior Duck Stamp competition.
The competition is an art and science-based program developed for schools by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to teach students about wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation. Each year a Federal Junior Duck Stamp is created from the winning design of the national contest.
The national first place winner receives $5,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. The stamp is sold for $5 each by the U.S. Postal Service, national wildlife refuges, major sporting goods stores and on the Internet.
Proceeds support conservation education, as well as provide awards and scholarships for the students, teachers and schools that participate.
For more information about the contest and the Junior Duck Stamp curriculum, visit www.fws.gov/juniorduck or contact the Aransas NWR at 361-286-3559.