Youth Wildlife Art Competitions Announced

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Alabama Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge invite students to participate in the 2004 AWF Ireland Youth Wildlife Art Contest and the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition.

Both contests are open to all public, private and home school students in grades K-12. Groups are broken into categories: grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. The Ireland Contest also includes a category for Special Education students.

William R. Ireland, Sr. Youth Wildlife Art Contest

For nearly 20 years, the Alabama Wildlife Federation's Ireland Youth Wildlife Art Contest has recognized the outstanding artistic abilities of Alabama students, while increasing students' knowledge and awareness of wildlife and wildlife habitat in our state. Students are encouraged to research their subjects to learn more about the species and its habitat requirements. The subject matter must be a wildlife species indigenous to the state of Alabama. This is an excellent opportunity for teachers to integrate language arts, science, geography and the arts into an entertaining and educational project. Visit the Alabama Wildlife Federation's website at or call 1-800-822-9453 to learn more details about the contest.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition

Modeled after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Federal Duck Stamp art competition, the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is an integrated art and science curriculum developed to teach environmental science and habitat conservation. It has been designed to fit in with existing programs in these areas and conform to state and national curricular standards. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles and crosses cultural, ethnic, social and geographic barriers to teach a greater awareness of or nation's natural resources. Entries are limited to specific North American species. Visit the competition web site,, for a complete listing. 


The top winning artists for both contests will be awarded plaques, art supplies, and $50 for their schools' art programs. They will also be recognized at an awards luncheon on Saturday, April 24, in Montgomery. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest's "Best of Show" winner for the state will also be entered into national competition. The national winner's artwork will be used to create the Federal Junior Duck Stamp for next year.

The deadline for entries in both contests is March 15, 2004. For additional entry requirements, visit the following websites: and or call 1-800-262-3151.