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Tahoma Audubon holds youth bird drawing contest

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Do you know a young artist who also loves the outdoors? Be sure to tell them about Tahoma Audubon’s Youth Bird Drawing Contest, which runs until April 30.

Held annually, the Youth Bird Drawing Contest invites youth in grades 1-8 who live in Pierce County to draw one of three birds in its natural habitat. All contest entries will be judged, and prizes will be awarded by grade categories: grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, and grades 7-8. There will be a special awards ceremony and reception at the Tacoma Nature Center on May 19 from 7-8:30 p.m., and selected artwork will be framed and displayed at the Nature Center throughout the summer.

This year, in recognition of the National Parks Centennial, Tahoma Audubon has chosen three birds that are iconic to Mt. Rainier, our local national park. The three birds are the Clark’s Nutcracker, White-Tailed Ptarmigan and Mountain Chickadee.

New this year: Drop-In Draw Day

Tahoma Audubon has partnered with Feast Arts Center in Tacoma for a special Drop-In Draw Day on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All drawing supplies will be provided, and bird specimens will be available from the Slater Museum of Natural History, so youth can get an up-close look at the bird they’re drawing. Cost is $10 per participating youth (to cover supplies, use of Feast space and Feast staff support. Advance online registration and payment is requested.

For more information visit www.tahomaaudubon.org/contest to access full contest rules, the submission form and additional details, including how to register for the Drop-In Draw Day and where to drop off submissions.

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