Nebraska Artist Wins 2019 California Duck Stamp Art Contest

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A painting of northern pintails by Frank Dolphens, Jr. of Omaha, Neb. has been chosen as the winner of the 2019 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. The image will be the official design for the 2019-2020 stamp.

The contest judges praised the anatomical accuracy of Dolphens’s painting, as well as the accuracy of the habitat. They complimented the excellent body shape and the contrast between the subjects and the background, which seems to make the pintails “pop” off the canvas. The judges also appreciated the three-bird composition and the fact that both sexes were represented.

“I have always admired the northern pintail,” said Dolphens. “I am inspired by their mysticism and their colors and was anxious to enter this year’s contest to portray these characteristics in the painting. I wanted to present the pintails in a grouping to show the strength of their colors in a background setting that enhanced their features.”

Artists from around the country submitted entries for the contest, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). John Nelson Harris of Groveland, Fla., placed second, Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Ind., placed third and Roberta Baer of Redding received honorable mention.

The top four paintings will be displayed at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s 49th Annual Classic Wildlife Art Festival, which is scheduled July 20-21 in Sacramento.

Since 1971, the California Duck Stamp Program’s annual contest has attracted top wildlife artists from around the country. The contest is traditionally open to artists from all 50 states in order to ensure a wide pool of submissions. All proceeds generated from stamp sales go directly to waterfowl conservation projects throughout California.

In the past, hunters were required to purchase and affix the stamp to their hunting licenses. Today, hunters are no longer required to carry the stamps because California’s modern licensing system prints proof of additional fees paid directly onto the license. However, CDFW still produces the stamps, which can be requested on CDFW’s website at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/collector-stamps.

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Media Contacts:
Amanda McDermott, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8907

Melanie Weaver, CDFW Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-3717

Youth Art Contest Encourages Kids to Learn about Invasive Nutria

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce the sixth annual California Invasive Species Youth Art Contest, which this year challenges students to creatively present messages about nutria (Myocastor coypus), a relatively recent – and destructive – invasive species in California.

The contest is offered by CDFW’s Invasive Species Program as part of California Invasive Species Action Week, June 1-9.

There are three age divisions, for youths in grades 2-4, 5-8 and 9-12. All types of media are welcome and encouraged, including (but not limited to) drawings, paintings, animations, comic strips, videos and public service announcements. Entries should be in keeping with the 2019 theme, “Say No to Nutria.” Nutria are large, semi-aquatic rodents from South America that have been found in California’s Central Valley and southern Delta. Nutria cause extensive damage to wetland habitats, agricultural crops, streambanks and levees. More information about nutria can be found on CDFW’s Nutria Incident page.

The top three winners in each division will receive awards and have their entries displayed on CDFW’s Invasive Species Action Week webpage.

The deadline for art contest entries has been extended to Wednesday, May 15. Completed entries and entry forms should be sent to:

CDFW Invasive Species Program
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

The entry form and entries may also be emailed to invasives@wildlife.ca.gov.

The goal of California Invasive Species Action Week is to increase public awareness of invasive species issues and encourage public participation in the fight against California’s invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.

Action Week activities will include presentations on aquatic and terrestrial invasives, guided outings to observe and assess infested areas, invasive species removal efforts, habitat restoration projects and the announcement of the winners of the youth poster contest. Opportunities for youths and adults to participate or volunteer will be available across the state through participating agencies, organizations and volunteer groups, with information and details to be provided on the Action Week webpage.

Please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/invasives/action-week/poster-contest for details about the 2019 contest, to view past winning entries and find more information on how to participate in Action Week.

The mission of CDFW’s Invasive Species Program is to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the wildlands and waterways of California. The program is involved in efforts to prevent the introduction of these species into the state, detect and respond to introductions when they occur and prevent the spread of those species that have established.

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Media Contacts:
Elizabeth Brusati, CDFW Invasive Species Program, (916) 651-7866
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

 

2017 Invasive Species Youth Art Contest Kicks Off with “Don’t Let it Loose” Theme

Young artists and future biologists are invited to enter this year’s California Invasive Species Art Contest, sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This year’s theme is “Don’t Let it Loose!”

Youths in grades 2 through 12 are eligible to enter. Entries should depict invasive species that might be released into California’s waters, parks and wildlands, along with appropriate messaging such as (but not limited to) the following:2017 CISAW Youth Poster Contest Announcement Flier

  • Releasing invasive species into the wild can harm the environment and California’s native plants and animals
  • Description(s) of one or more species that are commonly released into waters, parks or wildlands
  • Explanations or illustrations showing other ways to rehome unwanted pets or plants

All types of media are welcome and encouraged – drawings, paintings, animations, comic strips, videos, public service announcements, etc. Submissions must be received no later than May 5, 2017, and may be submitted by email or regular mail.

Winners will be chosen in three age divisions: grades 2-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Winners from each division will receive awards and have their posters displayed on CDFW’s Invasive Species Action Week webpage. The submission judged to be the best overall will also receive the “Invasive Species Program Choice” Award.

The entry form and a pdf of the contest announcement flyer can be found online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/CISAW.

The contest is sponsored by CDFW’s Invasive Species Program as part of the 2017 California Invasive Species Action Week, June 3-11. The goal of the Action Week is to increase public awareness of invasive species issues and encourage public participation in the fight against California’s invasive species and their impacts on our natural resources.

Many people don’t realize the potential implications of very simple acts. For example, the release of non-native crayfish used as fishing bait has likely resulted in the decline of California’s native crayfish and impacted other species dependent on the habitat. The dumping of aquarium plants can ultimately end up destroying the quality of our waterways and lands. Red-eared sliders, aquarium fish, and Nerodia watersnakes are other examples of released species that can become invasive and negatively impact native species.

California Invasive Species Action Week activities around the state will include presentations on aquatic and terrestrial invasives, guided outings to observe and assess infested areas, invasive species removal efforts, habitat restoration projects and the announcement of the winners of the youth poster contest. Opportunities for youths and adults to participate or volunteer will be available across the state through participating agencies, organizations and volunteer groups, with information and details to be provided on the Action Week webpage.

More information about CDFW’s Invasive Species Program, including examples of invasive species currently affecting California’s wild lands, can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/invasives.

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Media Contacts:
Rachael Klopfenstein, CDFW Invasive Species Program, (916) 651-3122
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

Fresno, Livermore and Sacramento Valley Students Take Top Honors in 2016 Invasive Species Youth Art Contest

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Invasive Species Program Choice Award: Amelie Ingram, 10, Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School, Davis

The winners of “The Invader Files” Youth Art Contest have been announced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Invasive Species Program.

As part of the California Invasive Species Action Week, 49 youths from across California submitted their original artwork. Participants were asked to pick an invasive species that causes harm to native species or the environment in California and submit their illustration of that invader and the harm it causes. The top three posters for each grade division were selected by members of the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee and the poster which best exemplified the contest theme was selected as the CDFW Invasive Species Program Choice Award.

Amelie Ingram, 10, a student at Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School in Davis, was named the winner of the Invasive Species Program Choice Award. Ingram created a comic depicting the common coqui (frog) displacing native species.

“What happens in real life is invasive species take resources like water, food and space/home from native animals,” Ingram wrote. “As they overpopulate, less native animals have homes. They are small, but scary.”

The top three winners of the 2016 Invasive Species Action Week Youth Art Contest divisions were:

Grades 2-4

  • First Place: Elsa Thornton, 10, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno
  • Second Place: Rylynn Shackelford, 9, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno
  • Third Place: Addison Galaviz, 10, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno
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    First Place, Grades 2-4: Elsa Thornton, 10, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno
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    Second Place, Grades 2-4: Rylynn Shackelford, 9, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno

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    Third Place, Grades 2-4: Addison Galaviz, 10, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno

Grades 5-8

  • First Place: Luke Jiang, 11, Homeschool, Rancho Cordova,
    Second Place: Andre Russell, 11, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno
  • Third Place: Malia Jones, 11, Heron Elementary, Sacramento
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    First Place, Grades 5-8: Luke Jiang, 11, Homeschool, Rancho Cordova,
    Russell
    Second Place, Grades 5-8: Andre Russell, 11, Fort Washington Elementary School, Fresno

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    Third Place, Grades 5-8: Malia Jones, 11, Heron Elementary, Sacramento

Grades 9-12

  • First Place: Bey Westcott, 18, Granada High School, Livermore
  • Second Place: Valerie Felismino, 17, Granada High School, Livermore
  • Third Place: Katey Rademann, 16, Granada High School, Livermore
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    First Place, Grades 9-12: Bey Westcott, 18, Granada High School, Livermore
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    Second Place, Grades 9-12: Valerie Felismino, 17, Granada High School, Livermore

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    Third Place, Grades 9-12: Katey Rademann, 16, Granada High School, Livermore

 

CDFW congratulates all the participants for their excellent work and thanks the teachers, nature centers, volunteer organizations and parents who encouraged, educated and assisted the students.

All submissions are currently on display in the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center in Gold River. They can also be viewed online at: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-vFHRGZmgqjTkt4NUF5b2tOZEU&usp=sharing.

For more information or to obtain artwork images, please contact the Invasive Species Program at invasives@wildlife.ca.gov.

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Media Contacts:
Valerie Cook Fletcher, CDFW Invasive Species Program, (916) 654-4267
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

DFG Director Bonham Selects Wildlife Photograph of the Year

Media Contacts:
Troy Swauger, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8932
Karen Killebrew, California Watchable Wildlife, (530) 878-1330

The grand prize winner has been announced in the California Wildlife Photograph of the Year competition. Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Director Chuck Bonham chose Kelseyville photographer Lyle Madeson’s dynamic image of two raptors fighting for a hitch as the best photograph submitted in the yearlong contest. Madeson’s photo, along with 11 other monthly winners, will be displayed for the next week outside the Governor’s Office at the Capitol.

“What I especially like about this photograph is how it represents action, which is a real attribute of wildlife,” Bonham said as he announced the winner at a press conference on the Capitol steps. “The shot reflects the nature of wildlife, in that with all of the tribulations facing wildlife in our great state, our fish and animal resources are often caught in the middle of a rock and a hard place—or in this case, a raptor’s talon or another raptor’s talon.”

Co-sponsored by California Watchable Wildlife and DFG’s Outdoor California magazine, the Wildlife Photograph of the Year contest attracted more than 200 photographers who submitted nearly 800 images. The top three monthly winning entries appeared on the pages of the magazine and on the California Watchable Wildlife website (www.cawatchablewildlife.org). The first-place winners were then submitted to the Director, who chose the grand prize winner.

Madeson recalled how he captured the ultimate struggle between bird and fish and bird last spring during a nature photography trip to Clear Lake State Park. He watched the osprey pluck a Central Valley native hitch from the mouth of Kelsey Creek and fly off to a nearby post. Apparently threatened by other raptors in the area, the osprey launched off with its catch firmly in its talons.

“It was coming straight at me and I had it in my viewfinder when it all happened,” Madeson said. “I was shooting at 10-frames-per-second and I wasn’t sure what happened until I looked at the display screen on the back of my camera when I saw the red-tailed hawk. I hadn’t even seen it come in.”

For taking top honors, Madeson received a cash prize, a pair of Nikon binoculars and a California State Parks membership. California Watchable Wildlife, known by the iconic binoculars on brown background, sponsored all of the prizes.

For the monthly contest, a panel of judges critiqued each photograph based on creativity, technical excellence, overall impact and artistic merit. Judges included professional photographer David Rosen, original Watchable Wildlife steering committee member Bob Garrison and Outdoor California editor Troy Swauger. Grand prize selection was based on the same criteria.