Youth Bird Drawing Contest 2020

Each spring, Tahoma Audubon sponsors a bird drawing contest for Pierce County youth in grades 1-8. Help us celebrate 50 years of Tahoma Audubon!

  • Check back here to stay tuned for details about the 2020 Youth Bird Drawing Contest!

  

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Youth residing in Pierce County in grades 1-8 are invited to participate in our 20th annual art contest by drawing one of the three birds above: the California Scrub Jay, Western Grebe and Anna’s Hummingbird. 

This is a free contest. Awards and prizes will be given by grade categories 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. Prizes are generously being donated by Arts and Craftsman Supply Tacoma. Selected artwork will be framed and put on display at the Tacoma Nature Center this summer! 



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Draw one of these birds in their natural habitat

This year's beautiful birds represent species that you're likely to see near where you live in Pierce County and throughout Washington State. 

As you watch these birds, pay attention to the areas where you see these birds. What are the surroundings like? Where do the birds like to spend their time? What types of plants and trees do they seem to use?

Use these observations to inform your drawings—and then think about what you can do to be sure these birds continue to have places where they like to be. 

Teachers, we've put together a lesson plan to help you incorporate the drawing contest into your curriculum.

Additional Education Resources Here

SAVE THE DATE

Artists Awards & Reception: May 29, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Tacoma Nature Center

A special reception for contest winners and prize awards will be given at the Tacoma Nature Center on the evening of May 29, 2019. Selected winners will also be recognized in the June/July issue of Tahoma Audubon's newsletter, The Towhee, and winning artwork will be framed and on display at the Tacoma Nature Center this summer from May 29th - Aug. 2nd. Artwork will be displayed at Artist and Craftsman Supply of Tacoma from Aug. 4th - Sept. 4th

RULES AND SUBMISSIONS

Rules:

  • Your drawing must show one of the three birds above in its natural habitat.

  • Your artwork should be on paper not larger than 11 inches x 14 inches.

  • You can use pencils, paints, crayons, pens, markers, pastels or watercolors or any other tool that works on paper!

  • You must include a submission form with your entry. Download entry form here (PDF)

  • Entries will be judged based on: 1) Depicting one of the three contest birds, 2) depicting the bird chosen in a habitat natural to that bird, 3) Demonstrating the artistic expression of the student.

Submissions are due by April 30. To submit your entry, you can:

  • Mail submissions to Tahoma Audubon, 2917 Morrison Road W, University Place, WA 98466

  • Drop off submissions at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S Tyler St, Tacoma, WA 98405

  • After the contest, you can pick up your artwork at the Tahoma Audubon office. Artwork will not be returned via mail.

Winners: 

  • Awards and prizes will be given by grade categories 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. Prizes are generously being donated by Arts and Craftsman Supply of Tacoma.

  • In early May, entries will be judged and winners will be notified.

  • Winners will be honored at a special reception on May 29th and their artwork will be framed and displayed at the Tacoma Nature Center from May 29th - August 2nd. Artwork will be displayed at Artist and Craftsman Supply of Tacoma from Aug. 4th - Sept 4th.

  • All winning entries will receive one complementary annual Family Membership to Tahoma Audubon.

Community Science observations are an important part of tracking population and climate change data. This information is based off of the past 15 years of Annual Christmas Bird Count data from Tahoma Audubon Society and is meant to reflect the shift of population of these birds through the years.

Community Science observations are an important part of tracking population and climate change data. This information is based off of the past 15 years of Annual Christmas Bird Count data from Tahoma Audubon Society and is meant to reflect the shift of population of these birds through the years.