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Collectible Tennessee waterfowl stamp created by Chattanooga student

The winning artwork from the 2017 Tennessee Junior Duck Stamp Contest is featured on the 2018 collectible stamp. Chattanooga resident Alana Clark’s Best of Show depicted a northern pintail. (Image courtesy TWRA)

Orders are being taken for the collectible state waterfowl stamp that is produced annually and sold for conservation education through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. This year’s duck stamp comes from the artwork of Alana Clark from Chattanooga. The 16-year-old created her winning entry of a northern pintail in colored pencil.

Since 1999 a collectible stamp has been chosen from the annual Tennessee Junior Duck Stamp program contest’s Best of Show. The program is an art contest managed by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service designed to teach the importance of conserving wetlands habitat and waterfowl to students. It pairs science, the arts, and other core subjects to creatively teach greater awareness of our natural resources.

As part of the program, students are invited to participate in an annual art competition. Creating an entry helps students tie together lessons on animal form and function, plant science, observation, wetland habitats, and more. In the visual arts, students practice sketching, drawing, painting, and composition.

Alana’s art teacher, Karen Barton from Agape Art Academy, is no stranger to awards. Her students have often placed high in the Tennessee Jr. Duck Stamp program and have had many Best of Show winners in the past.

The public is invited to purchase the collectible stamp. Each state stamp is numbered and printed in full color, measuring 1 3/8 by 2 inches. In addition to this year’s stamp, all previous stamps since 1999 are available.

Funds from the sale of the stamp will be used for habitat improvement. Stamps are $11 each and may be ordered by completing this Wildlife Stamp order form FROM the TWRA website.

Students from across Tennessee participate each year in the contest. For more information on the Junior Duck Stamp Program, contact the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge at (731) 642-2091. The 2018 Tennessee contest winners will be honored at a ceremony later this spring.

Best-of-show winners from each state compete in the national contest. The national contest winner’s artwork is used for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp each year.

The public is reminded that the State of Tennessee Waterfowl stamp is voluntary and not required to hunt. However, the Federal Duck stamp is required to hunt waterfowl in Tennessee.

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