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Sign Up Now for Georgia's 2010 Youth Birding Competition

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/20/2010)


Hey, kids: Do you like birds and love to draw or paint? Georgia’s fifth annual Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens. Many famous ornithologists were bird artists when they were young, so perhaps you could be the next John James Audubon, Roger 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 – their artwork will appear on the 2010 Youth Birding Competition T-shirt and they’ll receive a $100 gift card to Michaels. The three other winners will each receive a $50 Michaels gift card, redeemable for art supplies.
Entering is easy. Participants must draw or paint their 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, include the participant’s 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. 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.
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 Charlie Elliott 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 – but only 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.com and search for “2010 YBC Competition.” You can also contact the art contest coordinator Linda May at (770) 918-6792 or linda.may@dnr.ga.gov.
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 Tim Keyes at (912) 262-3191 or tim.keyes@dnr.ga.gov.

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