The Junior Duck Stamp display featuring the top 36 Kansas youth entries is on display at the Lee Richardson Zoo now through August 24, 2012. This impressive display can be viewed in the Finnup Center for Conservation Education, 312 Finnup Drive, weekdays 8:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 5:00.
Christin Gillman, an 18-year old student at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Rose Hill, claimed the state’s top prize in the annual Junior Duck Stamp program. Her entry, entitled “King Eiders at Sunrise,” features a male and female King Eider enjoying a calm morning on a pond. In 2011-2012, Kansas youth submitted 873 entries. Three first, second, and third place and 16 honorable mention winners were selected in each of the four age groups.
Most sportspersons and conservationists know about the Federal Duck Stamp as a stamp required to be purchased by waterfowl hunters. Revenues generated from the sale are used to purchase lands for the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Junior Duck Stamp program was created to help American youth increase their awareness and appreciation for wetlands and waterfowl. The Great Plains Nature Center, The Coleman Company, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sponsor the Junior Duck Stamp program in Kansas.
Garden City lies in one of North America’s major migratory pathways so many of the ducks drawn by the students can be viewed at our duck pond. Be sure to stop by the zoo to see this wonderful art and hone your bird identification skills!