U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest

2020 Theme: Hunt for the Future

The Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest is a state-wide poster and literature competition to encourage K-12 youth to learn about bird conservation. 

Who can submit an entry? Students (public, private, or home-schooled) residing in or adjacent to the North Slope Borough and the following National Wildlife Refuges: Alaska Maritime, Alaska Peninsula/Becharof, Arctic, Innoko, Izembek, Kodiak, Selawik, Togiak, Yukon Delta, Yukon Flats, and Tetlin. If you are not sure of your eligibility, email brett_parks@fws.gov. Students living in other communities outside these areas are welcome to compete in the Junior Duck Stamp Contest

2020 Deadline: February 7

Four ways to win!

  1. Local Contest: after entries arrive at U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices (office addresses listed in Entry Form) in February, each office conducts a local contest with the help of five local judges. They select winners in each of the four calendar categories for both poster and literature entries (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12). 
  2. State-wide Contest: each Office sends the entries of the local winners to Anchorage for the state-wide contest. Five independent judges select 12 state-wide literature and 12-state-wide poster winners (3 in each grade category) to be printed in the upcoming calendar. The judges also select one Grand Prize literature and poster winner to grace the calendar cover. 
  3. Managers' Prime Picks: if your local participating National Wildlife Refuge or office does not have a winner in the statewide judging, the local Refuge Manager selects one entry to be published in the calendar. 
  4. Certificates of Appreciation: every student that submits an entry receives a certificate signed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 

Literature Rules

Poster Rules