ARCATA – Due to the pandemic, the Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival will be held virtually, rather than in person, this year. An announcement outlining the events to be included in the April 16-18 festival will be distributed soon.
However, information about the two student contests – the 18th annual bird art contest and the 16th annual nature writing contest – is now available at godwitdays.org and has been emailed to schools. Entries in both contests will be collected online from now until Friday, March 26.
Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) and Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) continue to cosponsor the art contest (up to $550 in prizes), while RRAS underwrites the writing contest (up to $100 in prizes). The art contest is open to Humboldt County students in grades K through 12, while the writing contest is open to Humboldt and Del Norte students in grades 4 through 12.
For the bird art contest, entries must be submitted digitally, rather than as hard copies. There will be no mid-April display of all entries at the Arcata Community Center, nor an in-person awards ceremony. Winning artwork may be shown at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, depending on its reopening date. All winning art will be included in a downloadable booklet posted online at the sponsors’ websites, while winning artist names will be published in the FOAM newsletter UPWIND and sent to local media.
Writing contest entries – either poetry or prose – should explore “What Nature Means to Me.” First-place winner(s) will be published in the RRAS newsletter, The Sandpiper, and a booklet featuring all winners will be included in a downloadable booklet to be posted on the RRAS website, rras.org.
Please visit godwitdays.org to view the two flyers containing complete submission instructions.