This year, the theme of the Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest was “Spectacular Shorebirds”! Students from communities across the Alaskan Peninsula submitted their best visual art pieces and original poems.
This year, our judges at the Alaska Peninsula and Becharof Refuges selected several submissions to be sent to Anchorage for the final state-wide competition. Bailey Anderson of Chignik Lagoon was picked this year as the state’s Grand Prize Winner for literature! Our refuge managers, Bill Schaff, also chose a remarkable poster by Hope Swanson of Bristol Bay Christian Learning Center in Naknek and a poem by Erin Pederson of Chignik Lagoon for the Manager’s Choice award at our local refuge! Every participant receives a certificate, and winners also receive prizes. We appreciate every creative and thoughtful entry in this year’s contest, and we look forward to future submissions next spring.
Bailey Anderson, an 11th Grader at Chignik Lagoon School, won the grand prize in this year’s Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest!
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