Youth Needed to Help Design Wildlife Patch

posted on December 1, 2008 6:49am

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517-355-1712
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Al Stewart
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517-432-1555, ext. 151

EAST LANSING, Mich.—Michigan youth have an opportunity to help wildlife in Michigan by designing a patch for the third annual wild turkey patch contest,  sponsored by the Michigan chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Michigan State University (MSU) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). All entries must be postmarked by January 9, 2009.

Students from kindergarten through grade 12 can participate in the contest. The winning design will be incorporated into the 2010 Michigan wild turkey management cooperator patch. The winner and his or her parents or guardians will be invited to the Michigan chapter of the NWTF banquet in January 2010, when the patch will be unveiled and the winner will receive an award of $100.

“This is a great opportunity for youth to use their design skills and creativity and help wild turkeys by improving their habitat in Michigan,” said Dale Elshoff, conservation education specialist at MSU and 4-H educator with MSU Extension. “Wild turkeys disappeared from our state in the early 1900s, but now, thanks to proper management, Michigan’s turkey population has returned to healthy levels.”
           
Michigan’s wild turkey patch program is coordinated by the Michigan chapter of the NWTF in partnership with the DNR. Young hunters, ages 12-17, who have a valid wild turkey hunting license may receive a free patch. Adult hunters, collectors and other interested individuals may purchase a patch for $5, including postage and handling. Only the current year patch is available for purchase. Sales and proceeds are used to support wild turkey and hunter heritage programs in Michigan.
           
For more information and complete contest rules, visit www.carrs.msu.edu/turkeypatch/ or contact Dale Elshoff at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 517- 355-1712.
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