Student Art Contest

16th Annual Student Bird Art Contest at Godwit Days

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) and Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) – Link to Flyer

  • Humboldt County students from K through Grade 12 are eligible to enter.
  • Prizes: At least $550 to be awarded; divisions to be determined based on total number of entries received.
  • Special prizes for best rendition of a bird in its natural habitat.

Submission Rules: One entry per student. Maximum size of artwork, including any border material is 8.5” x 11”. Subject must be a rendering of a bird listed on the bottom of this page or another common local bird species. Any medium may be used (e.g., crayon, pastels, paint, pencil, collage), as long as artwork is light enough to be push-pinned to a wall for display. Write student’s name, home address, phone number, teacher name, grade number, and name of school on back of entry, along with the species of bird being depicted. Do not frame.

Return of Artwork: It is highly recommended that classrooms and individuals entering the contest enclose a self-addressed envelope (minimum size, 9”x12”), with proper postage for oversized mail (see for rates). Allow at least 2 weeks after Godwit Days ends (early May) for return. Return packages must weigh less than 13 ounces. Entries lacking return envelopes will be held at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center for teachers to pick up

Announcement of Winners and Artwork Display: Winners will be announced and awarded prizes at Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Come early for cookies and punch!  All entries will be displayed in the Arcata Community Center during the festival (April 19-21). Color copies of winning art will be displayed at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center during May and June. Winners’ names will be published in FOAM and RRAS newsletters and sent to local media. A booklet containing all winning artwork and artist photos taken during the awards ceremony will be posted at and

Deadline for Receipt of Entries: Friday, March 22, 2019. Drop off at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, 569 South G Street, Arcata, or mail to Sue Leskiw, 155 Kara Lane, McKinleyville 95519.

For questions contact: Sue Leskiw – [email protected]

Please select a species from the list below (or another common local bird) when creating your artwork entry:

  • American Avocet
  • Bufflehead
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  • Wood Duck
  • Bald Eagle
  • Great Egret
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Purple Finch
  • Northern Flicker
  • Marbled Godwit
  • American Goldfinch
  • Western Grebe
  • Northern Harrier
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • White-tailed Kite
  • Common Loon
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Marbled Murrelet
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Osprey
  • Spotted Owl
  • Snowy Plover
  • Tufted Puffin
  • California Quail
  • American Robin
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Varied Thrush
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • American Wigeon
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Marsh Wren
  • Common Yellowthroat