Duck Stamp

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Coralee’s entry top center.

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June (left) kept asking where “her prize” was…someday, little bug.

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Mama & Coralee selfie. Does she look like she had a tremendously good time?

My eldest Coralee submitted artwork to the Jr. Duck Stamp Contest this past winter.  Her pencil drawing of a pair of Buffleheads (ducks) won 2nd place in her age group (Grades 4-6).  Yesterday afternoon we traveled to Prairie City, Iowa to the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge to participate in the awards ceremony.  She thoroughly enjoyed the recognition & is now fired up to place higher next year, already considering different species for her piece.  She’s thinking a Green-Winged Teal, a recent addition to her Life List that seems to be inhabiting the marshy backwaters of the Cedar River near our home in large numbers this soggy spring.  All photographs were taken with my iPhone & the quality is not wonderful.  Hopefully you can still experience her joy through the crummy less-than-ideal snapshots!