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Contact: Diane Garcia, 208-933-4117Hagerman, ID – Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is hosting a special “Duck Day” Celebration on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9 am to 1 pm for ages 8-12. Kids will be able to create their own nature journal/sketchpad, learn about waterfowl ecology and behavior, and get inspired to enter the Junior Duck Stamp art competition. The program will be held in the park visitor center, located at 221 N State Street in Hagerman.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program and Art Competition is open to all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. This nationwide education program uses art and science to teach the value of wetland and waterfowl conservation. It includes a statewide art competition that culminates with the Best in Show from each state competing at Nationals; the winner sees their artwork on a duck stamp that supports wetland and waterfowl conservation.
The deadline to submit artwork for Idaho’s competition is March 15, 2017. Artwork should be mailed to Idaho’s 2017 Junior Duck Stamp coordinator, Dr. Kari Prassack, at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument P.O. Box 570, Hagerman, ID 83332. More information about the program, including rules and regulations, can be found at https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program/junior-duck-stamp-contest-information.php. The Idaho Federal Jr. Duck Stamp Program is also on Facebook. For more information, contact Dr. Prassack at 208-933-4131.
Hagerman Fossil Beds, located in the Hagerman Valley of south central Idaho, is a site of one of the world’s richest fossil deposits. Assemblages date from the early to middle Pliocene epoch. It is best known for its preservation of several hundred individuals of Equus simplicidens, which is the earliest example of the modern horse genus. For more information visit the park website at www.nps.gov/hafo or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HagermanFossilBedsNPS/