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ALASKA PENINISULA BECHAROF: Calendar Contest Draws Winners from Alaska Peninsula
Alaska Region, May 1, 2013
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Wildlife Refuge Specialist Liz Julian demonstrates drawing techniques.
Wildlife Refuge Specialist Liz Julian demonstrates drawing techniques. - Photo Credit: USFWS/Julia Pinnix
A student examines a ptarmigan foot.
A student examines a ptarmigan foot. - Photo Credit: USFWS/Julia Pinnix
Calendar contest entry by Cameron Hawkins of Chignik Bay.
Calendar contest entry by Cameron Hawkins of Chignik Bay. - Photo Credit: USFWS/Julia Pinnix

This year’s winners in the 2014 Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar contest were selected by Refuge staff and volunteers. It was difficult to choose with such high quality entries! Some of the local winners went on to become state winners, too, and will appear in next year’s calendar. Congratulations to all the winners, and to every participant!

 

The Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest gives students throughout the state a chance to celebrate birds in art and literature each year. The Refuge has long been a strong supporter of the contest, visiting schools of the Alaska Peninsula to demonstrate how to draw wildlife and providing relevant educational programs.

In January, Wildlife Refuge Specialist Liz Julian and Visitor Services Manager Julia Pinnix flew to four schools in Lake and Peninsula School District and made multiple visits to Bristol Bay School in Naknek to promote the contest and theme: “Healthy Birds for Healthy People.” Liz and Julia delivered programs exploring the link between habitat, birds, and people. Refuge Ranger Orville Lind mentored Liz in teaching drawing. Liz is an accomplished artist, and learned quickly how to share her interest and techniques with students.

Contest Winners (double XX are state winners):
Starla Jo Matson, Naknek, K-2, Art XX
Ellah Wardell, Port Alsworth, K-2, Art XX
Owen Young, Port Heiden, K-2, Art X
Tatianna Anderson, Chignik Lagoon, K-2, Lit XX
Isabelle Gust, Newhalen, K-2, Lit X
Chariessa Askoak, Newhalen, K-2, Lit X
Lucy Young, Port Alsworth, grades 3-5, Art X
Mikayla Bindon, Naknek, 3-5, Art XX
Naiya Burgraff, Naknek, 3-5, Art X
Zoe Smith, Port Alsworth, 3-5, Lit X
Katelyn Johnson, Egegik, 3-5, Lit x
Dakota Johnson, Egegik, 3-5, Lit X
Cameron Hawkins, Chignik Bay, grades 6-8, Art X
Lei’Lani Kiana, Bristol Bay Christian Learning Center, Naknek, 6-8, Art XX, Lit XX
Abigail Swanson, Bristol Bay Christian Learning Center, Naknek, 6-8, Art X
Alex Nielsen, Kokhanok, 6-8, Lit X
Jamie Chernikoff, Egegik, 6-8, Lit X
Hope Swanson, Bristol Bay Christian Learning Center, Naknek, grades 9-12, Art X, Lit XX
Peter Christianson, Port Heiden, 9-12, Art X
Linda Anderson, Port Heiden, 9-12, Art X
Lukas Zackar, Igiugig, 9-12, Lit X
Hope Swanson, Manager’s Choice, Art
Dakota Johnson, Manager’s Choice, Lit


Contact Info: Julia Pinnix, 907-246-1211, Julia_Pinnix@fws.gov



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