Thursday, August 31, 2006
Audubon announces art contest
In anticipation of the seventh annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration, taking place September 8-10 at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, 285 Plains Road, in Holly Springs, Strawberry Plains would like to invite local children ages 6-15 to submit an original picture of the ruby-throated hummingbird for its Hummingbird Art Contest and Festival.
The Hummingbird Migration Celebration has proven to be an immensely popular event that has continued to gain momentum and delight all who attend. The event, which is one of the largest Audubon-sponsored nature festivals in the country, coincides with the peak of the ruby-throated hummingbird’s southward migration.
Children submitting contest artwork at the gate on Saturday, Sept. 9, will receive free admission to the Hummingbird Festival, and submissions will be on display in the Kid’s Nature Activity Tent.
Submission requirements for the contest are as follows:
Once all the submissions are collected, judging will take place between noon and 2 p.m., with awards presented at 2 p.m. by “Harry the Hummingbird.” Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded in three categories: ages six-eight, ages nine-11, and ages 12-15.
In addition to the art contest, event highlights will include bird-banding sessions; demonstrations with live bats, alligators and small mammals; programs about the care and release of Mississippi wildlife; guided nature walks; wagon rides on the preserve; tours of the historic Strawberry Plains plantation home; a nature products trade show; a children’s activity tent; and presentations focusing on reptiles and endangered species found in Mississippi.
For more information about the art contest please contact Kate Friedman at 662-252-1155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the hummingbird celebration, please visit www.msaudubon.org. or call 662-252-1155 Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children (plus $2 per vehicle parking).
Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Their national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in conservation.
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