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Students to submit art for Endangered Species Day contest

May 20 is Endangered Species Day, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and students from grades 1 to 12 in Florida will be able to submit artwork depicting various endangered species, according to a recent report from TCPalm.com.

In Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties, students attending public and private schools, as well as those who are home schooled, can draw pictures and make artworks that show an animal on the federal endangered species list.

The winners of the contest will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and will have their work printed in the 2012 Endangered Species Calendar.

"We want young people to become interested in conservation and educated about all the endangered species right here in our backyard," said a spokesman for the U.S. FWS, Ken Warren.

Some of the endangered species in the Treasure Coast region of Florida include manatees, leatherback turtles and wood storks.

Leatherback turtles are the largest type of turtles and can be found in Southeastern Florida, Puerto Rico, St. Croix and Culebra, according to Turtles.org.  
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