March 16, 2012
Make a reservation at the Fountain Chateau and visit the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is open sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday 7:30am to 4pm, and located off of Highway 21 four miles west of the Village of Necedah or 18 miles east of Tomah. Turn north onto Headquarters Road. Follow Headquarters Road for two miles and follow signs to the Visitor Center parking lot.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws/gov.
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest on Friday, March 30, 2012 beginning at 8:00am in their new visitor center. The Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is directed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and is open to all students grades Kindergarten through twelfth grade. The artwork is judged in categories by grade and twelve first, second, and third place winners are selected from each category. All participants receive certificates. Visitors are welcome to watch the judging. For more information on this event or the Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp program please call the Refuge at (608) 565-2551 or visit online at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah.
The Junior Duck Stamp contest begins each spring when students submit their artwork to Daniel Peterson, Coordinator of the Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp program. “Through classroom activities, including the contest, students learn the importance of conserving wetlands and wildlife,” says Peterson. “Once all artwork is judged a ‘Best of Show’ is selected by the judges from the 12 first-place winners regardless of their grade group,” Peterson states. The Wisconsin Best of Show competes in the national contest. Both the state and the national contest are part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program.