Earning the (duck) Stamp of Approval

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Earning the (duck) Stamp of Approval

Last month 17 students at Chewonki Elementary and Middle School received accolades for their entries to the 28th annual Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design program, a collaborative effort between Maine Audubon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is one of our favorite integrated education units, incorporating natural history, waterfowl, waterways, art, and conservation,” says Chewonki Visual Arts Specialist Coreysha Stone. “We are lucky to be located on the edge of an estuary and able to spend valuable time in the field doing habitat studies with the support of Kyle Wonser, Science Educator for our Traveling Natural History Program. A few months of this type of highly focused work really bolstered students’ abilities and improved their compositions.”

Second Place Honors

  • Brady Powell

Third Place Honors

  • Able Wilkinson
  • Ada Samuels
  • Ellis Stone
  • Sebastian Oyer
  • Zella Morgan

Honorable Mentions

  • Acadia Coombs
  • Clodagh McQillen
  • Harper Nelson
  • Isabel Oyer
  • Micah Loosigan
  • Robby Seymour
  • Robert Sprague
  • Zea Arbuckle

Participating Artists

  • Lilly Lee
  • Jeffrey Buck
  • Madox Gregory

Congratulations to these “birds of a feather” who are following in the footsteps of famed wildlife illustrator Roger Tory Peterson, who spent many summers studying the very same woods and waters of Chewonki Neck as he honed his skills.