The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is holding a bird-art competition for nature-loving kids.
Calling all young Naturalists!
YOUNG AUDUBONS sought for Georgia DNR’s birding T-shirt art contest.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is combining a statewide youth birding competition with original art.
What better way to get our kids involved in appreciating and protecting our beloved wildlife than a good wildlife-art contest?
Georgia’s fifth annual Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens.
Historically, many famous ornithologists were bird artists when they were young, so if you’re in school, (anywhere from pre-K to Senior high) perhaps you could be the next John JamesJohn James Audubon, Roger Tory PetersonRoger Tory Peterson or David Allen Sibley!
A winner will be picked from each of these age categories: primary, (pre-K-2nd), elementary (3rd-5th), middle school (6th-8th) and high school. One winner will be awarded the grand prize. Winning artwork will appear on the 2010 Youth Birding Competition T-shirt and the artist will receive a $100 gift card to Michaels Arts and Crafts Supply. The three other winners will each receive a $50 Michaels gift card, redeemable for art supplies.
Entering is easy. Draw or paint your favorite Georgia bird on paper or sheet canvas (at least 8 by 10 inches but no larger than 11 by 17 inches). Mail it in a large envelope – flat, not folded – in time to be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 8, 2010, to: GA DNR-WRD, YBC Art Contest (Attn: Linda May), 2065 US Hwy. 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025.
On a separate piece of paper, gently taped to the back of the artwork, be sure to include your name, school, age, grade level, mailing address, phone number, parent or teacher’s e-mail address and species name of the bird depicted. The illustrated bird must be native to Georgia.
Hint: please make sure the bird is the main focus of the artwork, and draw or paint its features as accurately as possible. Also keep in mind that rich colors will show up better on a T-shirt than faint pencil drawings.
Parents: only one entry per person is allowed, and it must be the child’s artwork. Participation in the Youth Birding Competition is encouraged but not required to submit artwork for the T-shirt Art Contest.
Competitors in the birding event can pick up their submissions at the April 24 banquet at CharlieCharlie ElliottElliott Wildlife Center, where select artwork will be displayed and winners announced.
Artwork from children and teens who do not take part in the Youth Birding Competition can either be picked up at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield during normal business hours or returned by mail if a large, self-addressed envelope with four first-class stamps is included with the submission.
The 2010 Youth Birding Competition starts at 5 p.m. Friday, April 23, and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Groups may use as much or as little of that time to count as many birds as possible throughout Georgia. Although teams may start birding anywhere in the state, they must turn in their checklists at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center by 5 p.m. Saturday.
While judges examine and score checklists, participants will enjoy a live animal show followed by an awards banquet packed with prizes.
For more information on the T-shirt Art Contest, visit: www.georgiawildlife.comand search for “2010 YBC Competition.”
You can also contact the art contest coordinator Linda May at (770)918-6792 or http://mailto:[email protected]
The same site includes Youth Birding Competition details, including how to register a team for this exciting event. You can also contact the competition coordinator TimTim Keyes at (912) 262-3191 or http://mailto:[email protected]
Parents, the future of our planet and all life on it is going to be in the hands of our children. This is a terrific way to get your kids involved and passionate about looking out for their home. If you don’t live in the Georgia, or the US, here is a great incentive to initiate similar programs in your area.
Together we can make a difference for wildlife, and for our planet’s future.
Thank you to Melissa Cummings of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for this timely update.