Arkansas’ Federally Endangered, Threatened, and Candidate Species
- Gray Bat
- Indiana Bat
- Ozark Big-eared Bat
- Northern Long-eared Bat
- Interior Least Tern
- Ivory-billed Woodpecker
- Piping Plover
- Red-cockaded Woodpecker
- Red Knot
- Sprague's Pipit
- Whooping Crane
- Arkansas River Shiner
- Leopard Darter
- Ozark Cavefish
- Pallid Sturgeon
- Yellowcheek Darter
- Arkansas Fatmucket
- Curtis Pearlymussel
- Fat Pocketbook
- Louisiana Pearlshell
- Neosho Mucket
- Ouachita Rock Pocketbook
- Pink Mucket
- Speckled Pocketbook
- Turgid Blossum
- Winged Mapleleaf
- Benton Cave Crayfish
- Hell Creek Crayfish
- American Burying Beetle
- Rattlesnake Master Borer Moth
- Missouri Bladderpod
- Running Buffalo Clover
- Geocarpon minimum
8th Annual Arkansas Endangered Species Day Art Contest
The 8th Annual Arkansas Endangered Species Day Art Contest will provide students with an
opportunity to learn about endangered and threatened species, as well as species that are listed
by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as Species of Greatest Conservation Need and thus
may require federal listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act at
some point in the future, and express their knowledge and support through art work. This
contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arkansas Ecological Services Field
Office, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.
Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s wildlife and wild places. Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to learn about endangered species. The art contest is an integral part of celebrating Endangered Species Day, May 19, 2017.
Your class, school, or district can enter as many entries as you'd like! However, we ask that each student only enter one piece of art. Homeschoolers are also welcome to enter artwork.
Students can now enter the same piece of artwork into both our Arkansas Endangered Species Art Contest and the (digital entry only) National Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest! The entry deadline for both contests is March 1, 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Bangs at 501-513-4472 or Alyssa_Bangs@fws.gov.
Art work must highlight one or more endangered,
threatened, or candidate species (i.e., mammal, bird, fish, invertebrate, amphibian, plant) found
in Arkansas. The list of appropriate species can be found on the left. A printable list can be found here.
Visit our Species Info page to learn more about each species in Arkansas.
Entry Requirements (PDF)
- Image must be a live portrayal of a native endangered species in Arkansas.
- Artistic liberties may be taken as long as the depiction is a recognizable Arkansas endangered,
threatened, or candidate species.
- The entry may be multi-color, black and white, or a single color; it may be rendered in ink, paint, pastel, crayon, or pencil.
- Techniques may include scratch-board, airbrush, linoleum printing, paper collage, dry
brush, crosshatch, pointillism.
- Computers or other mechanical devices may not be used in creating artwork. No photography, weak pencil, or computer-generated art.
- Design entries must be entrant's original, hand-drawn creation and may not be traced or copied from published photographs or other artists' works. Entrants may
rely on photographs or published images as guides. However, especially when references
are used for the subject(s), the entry must be the entrant's own creation and idea.
- One entry per student; no entry limit for classes, schools, or districts.
- The entry must have the teacher's E-mail address; contestant’s name, grade, and species depicted; and school name, address, and phone number on the back of the submission or in the entry email. See below for specific submission requirements.
- Entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 1st, 2017.
Categories and Judging
Winners will be chosen in four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category, and one overall winner will be chosen.
Each winner will receive a plaque and Acorn Naturalist Gift Card. Gift Cards will be awarded in $100,
$50, and $25 denominations for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. The contest’s grand
prize winner will receive a $250 Acorn Naturalist Gift Card and plaque.
Winning artwork will also be displayed in a special Endangered Species Day exhibit at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock.
You can view the 2016 Art Contest winners here.
Contest entries will be evaluated by a
panel of judges, including artists and conservationists. Contest winners will be notified prior to
the end of the current school year (May 2017).
Art will be judged on the basis of:
- Concept: How well the work relates to the endangered species theme.
- Composition: How well the elements of line and form work together.
- Color: How color enhances the art work.
- Expression: How imaginatively the work conveys an idea or emotion.
Entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 1st, 2017.
Your class, school, or district can enter as many entries as you'd like! However, we ask that each student only enter one piece of art.
- This year, we are accepting electronic submissions as well as physical.
- Art must be scanned at a minimum of 300dpi and be a minimum size of 3300 pixels by 2550 pixels (3300x2550).
- Scanned artwork may look slightly different than the original. Make sure you are happy with the digital copy before submitting.
- The email must contain the teacher's name, and school name, address, and phone number. The email must also contain the student's name, grade, and species depicted.
- The title of the picture file must be in the following format: Grade_StudentFullName_TeacherLastName_SchoolName
- Multiple entries can be sent in the same email.
- Attachments should total no more than 20MB per email. Multiple emails can be sent to deliver all entries.
Scanned entries should be emailed to Alyssa_Bangs@fws.gov.
- The physical size of submitted art work must be 8.5" x 11" or 9" x 12" and less than ½" thick.
- Entries should not be matted, mounted, laminated, framed or folded.
- Chalk and pastel entries should be sprayed with a fixative to safeguard art work.
- The entry must have the teacher's E-mail address and phone number; student’s name, grade, and species depicted; and school name and address on the back of the submission.
- We encourage you to mail multiple pieces of artwork in the same envelope.
Physical entries should be sent to:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
ATTN: Endangered Species Day Art Contest
110 South Amity Road, Suite 300
Conway, AR 72032
Direct questions to Alyssa Bangs
at 501-513-4472 or Alyssa_Bangs@fws.gov.
General submissions will not be returned to schools or participants. Though
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will attempt to treat all submitted work with the utmost care,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not responsible for any damage or loss that may occur
during the sending of entries through the mail. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have
permission to use art work for non-profit educational purposes.