Cel­e­brat­ing South­west Florid­i­ans

Times of the Islands - - Departments - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT

Ana­tional wildlife pro­gram came full cir­cle. The J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge on Sani­bel hosted the Fed­eral Ju­nior Duck Stamp judg­ing in April. Stacy Shen, 16, was picked first for her pen­cil draw­ing of snow geese. Back-drop­ping the na­tional art con­test was that it was held at the “Ding,” which is home to both the Fed­eral Duck Stamp Pro­gram and the ju­nior con­test. Both must por­tray wa­ter­fowl in a nat­u­ral set­ting. Judg­ing co­in­cided with Earth Day. Jay Norwood “Ding” Dar­ling be­gan the Fed­eral Duck Stamp Pro­gram in 1934 as head of the U.S. Bi­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey. Stamp pro­ceeds are used to pur­chase refuge lands such as the “Ding” on Sani­bel. Dar­ling also de­signed the first fed­eral duck stamp. For­mer Sani­bel School art in­struc­tor Jaye Boswell started the ju­nior pro­gram in 1989. The first na­tional Ju­nior Duck Stamp Art Con­test spon­sored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Ser­vice was in 1993. Thou­sands of chil­dren en­ter the con­test. Boswell ac­cepted an award for her work at the judg­ing event.

A Cal­i­for­nia teen was picked for her draw­ing of snow geese. Car­toon­ist Jay Dar­ling drew the first duck stamp in 1934.

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