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WHS Student Uses Art to Support Nature Conservancy

Mr. Johnson, Co-Adviser

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On Saturday, L.L. Bean in Freeport held the state level competition and ceremony for the Junior Federal Duck Stamp Program. The program focuses on both design and science to promote wetland and waterfowl conservation. Students all over the state submitted original art work to be judged and placed in order to go on to the national competition and have a chance to be put on to the $5 2016-2017 Junior Duck Stamp. In addition to award ceremony the were several speakers on hand to promote nature conservancy and the arts. The speakers included Serena Doose, Fish & Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service who provided an overview of the Junior Duck Stamp Program. Scott Johnston, Regional Chief of Bird Population Programs who talked about the past, present and future of bird populations and the importance of young people getting involved in nature conservancy, and the Keynote by Jane Kim who is an Artist, Science Illustrator and founder of Ink Dwell  Studio who spoke about her role in promoting science education and conservation through the arts.

The judges in Freeport deliberated over 468 pieces and 31 placements in four categories. WHS Sophomore Kelly Maguire took one of the two 2nd place spots in her category. Unfortunately only the “Best in Show” moves on to the national competition, but as a prize Kelly was given a fantastic book on birds and waterfowl to use for reference and to study for next year’s competition. You can see Kelly’s Art as well as other photos from Saturday’s ceremony. You can learn more about the program at the USFWS Website

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