Snow and blue geese have been seen in large numbers south of Minot recently. The annual fall migration can result in thousands of geese feeding in a variety of North Dakota farm fields, consuming energy needed to continue their long flight south. This photograph was taken in the Rice Lake area last Wednesday.
North Dakota's Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest started
The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is a unique program focusing on biology and habitat conservation through scientific observation and artistic interpretation. Teachers, parents, and students are invited to promote conservation education in their schools and community by encouraging youth to take an active part in the Junior Duck Stamp Program. This is an educational program sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for students in kindergarten through grade 12.
Each student learns about a North American species of waterfowl a duck, goose, or swan, as well as the habitat that it lives in, and then creates a drawing or painting that is entered in an art contest. Artwork can be created as an individual project at home, or in a school classroom setting. All North Dakota schools will receive program information in November that contains the junior duck stamp website address, where the entry form and program guidance can be found.
The deadline for submitting artwork is March 15, 2012. Students will be judged in four groups according to grade level. Artwork will be judged during the third week in March. The Best of Show will be entered in the national Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The first-place design from the national contest is used to create a Junior Duck Stamp.
Artwork with accompanying entry form must be submitted by March 15, 2012 to Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, Attention: Jackie Jacobson, 3275 - 11th St NW, Coleharbor, ND 58531. To learn more visit (www.fws.gov/juniorduck), or contact Audubon National Wildlife Refuge at 442-5474 ext. 117.
Game & Fish advisory board meetings announced
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting in their area. These public meetings are held each spring and fall to provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisers and agency personnel.
The governor appoints eight Game and Fish Department advisors, each representing a multi-county section of the state, to serve as a liaison between the department and public.
Any person who requires an auxiliary aid or service must notify the contact person at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting date.
District 7 Counties: Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan and Sioux
Date: Nov. 22 7 p.m.
Location: North Dakota Game and Fish Department
Advisory board member: Frank Kartch, Bismarck, 751-3414
District 2 Counties: Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward
Date: Nov. 28 7 p.m.
Location: 210 Main Street, Berthold
Host: Berthold Sportsman's Club
Contact: Joe Lautenschlager, 721-1882
Advisory board member: Robert Gjellstad, Voltaire, 338-2281
District 3 Counties: Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner
Date: Nov. 28 7 p.m.
Location: Lake Region State College, Devils Lake
Advisory board member: Tracy Gardner, Devils Lake, 662-5639
District 1 Counties: Divide, McKenzie and Williams
Date: Nov. 29 7 p.m.
Location: Civic Center, Watford City
Advisory board member: Jason Leiseth, Arnegard, 586-3714
District 6 Counties: Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells
Date: Dec. 1 7 p.m.
Location: Civic Center, LaMoure
Advisory board member: Joel Christoferson, Litchville, 973-4981