Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest


Each year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produces a calendar with a message of migratory bird conservation.


Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest

The Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest is a long-standing effort that was created to bridge bird conservation in a Alaska with the creative talents of the youth of rural Alaska. The student artwork and writing that fills the calendar is selected through an Alaskan statewide contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage local children to learn about migratory birds found near their homes. Several species of migratory birds in Alaska need special attention, including the emperor goose, spectacled eider, and Steller's eider. The calendar is one conservation tool to highlight migratory bird issues and successes.

How it Works

Each winter, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge staff visit area schools and present information to students on migratory birds, their population status, and the importance of conservation efforts. Students are encouraged to submit entries for the calendar contest in the form of literature and artwork. Each year's calendar has a different theme and original writing and artwork for each month. Entries are submitted to the Togiak Refuge office and are then judged to select local winners. These winning entries are announced in local schools, with the students receiving prizes and ribbons. They are also sent to Anchorage for statewide judging. Those entries selected at the statewide judging are used on the next year’s calendar. Students receive prizes and ribbons at both the local and statewide levels.

More Information

For more information on the calendar contest, lists of local and statewide winners, and entry forms and instructions, visit the regional Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest webpage.