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March 3, 2010

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National Kids’ Art Contest Highlights Importance of Endangered Species

Youngsters around the country will celebrate Endangered Species Day 2010 by entering the Endangered Species Art contest.  The art contest is part of the fifth annual national Endangered Species Day, celebrated on and around May 21, 2010.

The Endangered Species Day Art Contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/ University of New Orleans. The deadline to enter is March 26.

Winners will be chosen in four age categories (K-Grade 2, Grades 3-6, Grades 7-9, Grades 10-12), and the winning artwork will be displayed at the Ogden Museum/ University of New Orleans. One national winner will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C., and the winner’s name will be engraved on a special trophy.  Initial judging will be conducted by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, a Smithsonian Affiliate. The final winners will be chosen by a national panel of artists, educators, scientists and others.

Artwork should highlight one or more endangered species—mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, plant, and/or invertebrate (insect, spider, snail, coral, crustacean or clam)—found in the United States. Entrants are encouraged to depict species local species.

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 the third Friday of May. The 5th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day will be celebrated on May 21, 2010. Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for young and old to learn about the everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation's disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places.
For more information on the contest and a list of endangered plants and animals, visit

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