17 May 19
Some 910 local K-12 students pulled out paints, pencils, pastels or paste to enter the 16th annual Student Bird Art Contest, held in association with the 24th annual Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival in mid-April. The Redwood Region Audubon Society and Friends of the Arcata Marsh cosponsored the competition.
All entries were displayed at the Arcata Community Center during the festival, and copies of the first-, second- and third-place winners, as well as Best Bird in Habitat awards, are hung at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center through June. A downloadable booklet containing the artwork, as well as group photos of the winners taken during the awards ceremony, will posted by late May at http://www.rras.org and http://www.arcatamarshfriends.org.
Prizes totaling $650 were given out — 41 monetary prizes plus 31 honorable mentions. The winners were:
First place: Cassidy Lloyd, Kneeland School, Peregrine Falcon; second place: Isabelle Graham, Dow’s Prairie School, Spotted Owl; third place: Ruby Hall, Jacoby Creek School, Anna’s Hummingbird
· First grade
First place: Story Mintey, Freshwater Elementary, American Robin and Ender Guthrie, Fuente Nueva Charter, Spotted Owl; second place: Phoebe Rogers, Jacoby Creek School, California Quail and Soren James, Redwood Coast Montessori, Pileated Woodpecker; third place: Gunnar White, Trinity Valley Elementary, Barn Owl and Fiona Frazer, Fuente Nueva Charter, Common Loon
· Second grade
First place: Bony McKnight, Coastal Grove Charter, Townsend’s Warbler; second place: Josie McKelvy, Trinity Valley Elementary, Wood Duck and Sebastian Bunz, Garfield School, Belted Kingfisher; third place: Taalin Brown, Fuente Nueva Charter, Spotted Owl and Kiera Alves, Dow’s Prairie School, Anna’s Hummingbird
· Third grade
First place: Jade Frimodig, Fuente Nueva Charter, Northern Flicker, Na’omi Heitchler, Trinity Valley Elementary, Bald Eagle and Isla Davison, Redwood Coast Montessori, Bald Eagle; second place: Aubrey Lloyd, Kneeland School, Peregrine Falcon and Aubrey Waxler, Morris Elementary, Common Loon; third place: Maxwell Collins, Garfield School, Black-crowned Night-Heron and Kyla Benzinger, Garfield School, Great Blue Heron
· Fourth grade
First place: Sarah Coyle, Ambrosini School, Bald Eagle and Nichole Cook, Morris Elementary, Marbled Godwit; second place: Rose Callahan, Union Street Charter, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Violet Cook, Freshwater School, Great Blue Heron; third place: Zoe Roemer, Pacific Union, Belted Kingfisher and Malia Hilleary, Northern United Charter, Wood Duck
· Fifth and sixth grades
First place: Ruby Soto, Green Point School, Belted Kingfisher and Lily Bazemore, Union Street Charter, Red-breasted Nuthatch; second place: Saanvi Virnave, Sunny Brae Middle School, Common Ravens and Meta Bee Nave, Fuente Nueva Charter, Varied Thrush; third place: Flora Shaw, Redwood Coast Montessori, American Avocet and Josie Klawitter, Green Point School, Western Tanager
· Seventh to 12th grades
First place: Jasmine Rudin, Eureka High, Purple Finch; second place: Christina Smith, Eureka High, Northern Flicker; third place: Madai Cruz, Eureka High, American Wigeon.
Best Depiction of a Bird in Its Habitat Awards went to Keilani Goodrich-Brinckhaus, first grade, Alder Grove Charter, Western Gull; Lilia Mendes, second grade, Dow’s Prairie School, Tufted Puffin; October Mintey, fifth grade, Freshwater Elementary, Buffledheads; Anna McLaughlin, fifth grade, Fuente Nueva Charter, Snowy Plover; Jayna Kline, 12th grade, Eureka High, Western Meadowlark.
· Honorable Mentions
Kindergarten: Myla Edson, Dow’s Prairie School, Varied Thrush; Annayal Graves, Dow’s Prairie School, American Robin; and Hayden Ham, Dow’s Prairie School, Spotted Owl
First grade: Wyatt Sessoms, Dow’s Prairie School, Belted Kingfisher; Ninnamich Richardson, Trinity Valley Elementary, Hummingbird; Aurorah Tracy, Trinity Valley Elementary, Hummingbird; and Echo Kimball, Trinity Valley Elementary, Barn Owl
Second grade: Rosie Aguirre, Blue Lake School, Common Loon; Nikki Davis, Dow’s Prairie School, American Goldfinch; Caleb Harris, Dow’s Prairie School, Great Blue Heron; Ruby Moreno, Dow’s Prairie School, Anna’s Hummingbird; Emelie Cabodi, Trinity Valley Elementary, Bald Eagle; and Coral Morris, Fuente Nueva Charter, Spotted Owl
Third grade: Fisher Bjorkstedt, Fuente Nueva Charter, Belted Kingfisher; Lillian Pinnegar, Homeschooled, Wood Duck; and Kjersti MacDonald, Garfield School, Spotted Owl
Fourth grade: Zeke Lee, Redwood Coast Montessori, Forster’s Tern; Brooke Weeks, Morris Elementary, Cedar Waxwing; Elana Dens, Union Street Charter, American Goldfinch; Iris Quinlan, Union Street Charter, Bald Eagle; Lucas Vandermeer, Union Street Charter, Black-crowned Night-Heron; and Oni Orcutt, Trinity Valley Elementary, Steller’s Jay
Fifth grade: Slate Savra, Fuente Nueva Charter, Spotted Owl
Sixth grade: Wynne Pevec, Northcoast Preparatory Academy, Northern Flicker; Jayla Kan, Redwood Coast Montessori, Common Loon; and Bella Hardell-Moreno, Redwood Coast Montessori, Cliff Swallow
Seventh grade: Meguire Bartosz, Alder Grove Charter, Northern Pintails; and Nova Blaisdell-Jordan, Zane Middle School, Osprey
High school: Jack Dahl, Academy of the Redwoods, Spotted Owl; Nicolette Reinsmith, Eureka High, Tufted Puffin; and Hannah Murdoch, Eureka High, Cedar Waxwing.
What makes a popular kids’ T-shirt?
The Godwit Days festival is thinking about creating a child-sized T-shirt that would feature several winning designs from this year’s Student Bird Art Contest. The shirts would be sold starting at next year’s 25th anniversary festival.
The Godwit Days Board of Directors is asking the public to help decide what would make an attractive shirt motif. Through June 16, stop by the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center and vote. All cash prize winners from 2019 are on display to peruse.
Rather than picking the most skillful renditions of birds, your main evaluation criteria should be what would translate well into being printed on a T-shirt and be most appealing to younger children to wear. Each person can vote once. Specific directions are given in the wall display.
The Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center is located at 569 South G St. in Arcata is is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, 1 to 5 p.m.