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Calendar Celebrates Birds, Showcases Art and Literature by Young Alaskans

December 29, 2015


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Poster: Icey Lyman, 11th grade, Home schooled, Crooked Creek Literature: Ivory Lyman, 6th grade, McGrath School Credit: /USFWS

Anchorage, AK—In the dead of winter, the arrival of spring and the return of Alaska’s migratory birds seem like a long time off. But don’t despair; a colorful reminder of our departed feathered friends, the 2016 Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar, will soon be available for free at 13 participating U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices and in more than 45 villages across the state.

This year’s calendar is a celebration of Alaska’s migratory birds, “colorful and camouflaged,” and showcases winning artwork and literature submitted during the 2016 Alaska Migratory Bird Art and Literature Contest. More than 1,300 entries were submitted from 45 rural communities across Alaska. Judging of the submitted artwork and literature occurs at the local and statewide levels. Winners of the statewide contest are featured in the calendar.

Works by the grand prize winners, home-schooled eleventh grader Icey Lyman of Crooked Creek and sixth grader Ivory Lyman of McGrath, are displayed on the cover. In addition to the student artwork and literature, the pages of this year’s calendar include interesting facts about the birds that the kids drew and camo clues and color cues for other birds. Thanks to all of the students who entered the 2016 Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest and the teachers who supported them.

The Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Art and Literature Contest is an annual, statewide poster and literature competition that engages youth from across the state in art and learning about migratory birds. The contest and calendar were initiated in 1987 as part of an outreach and education campaign to restore and maintain populations of cackling, emperor, and Pacific white-fronted geese, and Pacific brant. At that time, only the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge held the contest. Twelve additional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices are now participating.

This year’s contest and calendar publication was supported by: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Alaska Department of Fish and Game; Audubon Alaska, Ducks Unlimited—National and Fairbanks Chapter; 59th Parallel Productions, Inc.; Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges; and ConocoPhillips.

See the list of 2016 statewide winners below and view their art and literature on Flickr:

The 2017 Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Art and Literature contest is currently underway. To find out if you are eligible to participate and how, visit: or contact Laura Whitehouse at (907) 786-3373 or





Grand Prize

Grand Prize

Ivory Lyman; 6th

McGrath School

Icey Lyman; 11th

Home schooled



Ray Chmiel; 1st

Tanalian School

Kash Anderson; 1st

Bristol Bay Borough School

Tatianna Anderson; 2nd

Chignik Lagoon School

Audrey Lincoln; 1st

Nelson Island School

Tyler Smith; 1st

Tanalian School

Tyler Gunderson; 1st

Sand Point School



Emily Osterback; 5th

Sand Point School

Summer Tickett; 4th

Shungnak Elementary

Rayna Tuckwood; 3rd

Dillingham Elementary

Juliana Rizo; 4th

Adak School

Lilly Walton; 4th

Napaaqtagmiut School

Kennedy Gosuk; 4th

Aleknagik School



*Ivory Lyman; 6th

McGrath School

Denise Kalmakoff; 8th

Akhiok School

Angel Christiansen; 6th

Old Harbor School

Mia McWilliams; 8th

Unalaska City School

Dayton Hoblet; 6th

False Pass School

Gavina Muller; 6th

Ouzinkie School



Isaiah Pitka; 11th

Nelson Island School

*Icey Lyman; 11th

Home schooled

Icey Lyman; 11th

Home schooled

Sarah Reft; 10th

Karluk School

Jacy Johnson; 9th

Egegik School

Rosie Pound; 12th

Unalaska City High School


See a list of 2016 local winners by visiting:

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