'Roadsides Are for the Birds' poster contest offered by DNR
Minnesota students in grades 7 and 8 have until April 7 to portray their view of the importance of roadside wildlife habitat through a statewide poster contest.
The 26th annual Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) "Roadsides Are for the Birds" contest is for students living in Minnesota's pheasant range, which covers the southern half of the state as well as west-central Minnesota.
"The contest is an effective and fun way to teach youth and adults alike about the importance of roadsides, an often over-looked resource," said Carmelita Nelson, DNR Roadsides for Wildlife coordinator. "Roadside habitat provides a virtual lifeline for many wildlife and plant species."
Generally conducted through art and science programs in local school systems, the contest attracts entries from numerous schools and students. Home school students in 7th and 8th grade also may participate. Last year, 77 students from 29 schools submitted entries.
Both student winners and their schools are awarded prizes, including framed and unframed wildlife art prints, books, hats and T-shirts. Winning entries are displayed at the Minnesota Deer Classic and Sports Show and at the DNR's State Fair Building.
Schools that have not received contest information or that would like additional information may contact Larinda Burg at the DNR's regional office in New Ulm by calling 507-359-6035.