Snowy Plover Art Contest

Did someone say BIRTHDAY?

June 26th is Orange-Red, Yellow Red’s (OR:YR) 20th birthday!

Orange-Red: Yellow-Red (OR:YR) is the oldest western snowy plover in recorded history. The "Old Man" turned 20 on June 26th! To celebrate, Friends of the Dunes hosted an art competition where participants were asked to represent the Old Man in their masterpieces. We received a plethora of creative submissions making the judging extremely difficult! Thank you all for those that participated. 


Winners have their art displayed at the Friends of the Dunes Humboldt Coastal Nature Center. So come visit and take a peak!


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Photo by Luke Eberhart Phillips

Congratulations Winners!

1st place: Amaya Bechler, Digital Art


2nd Place: Skylar Ritter, poem and embroidery


A Poem for an Old Man (OR:YR)

Snowy plovers, let them be. 

Nest laid with eggs of three. 

Their feathers are the color of sand. 

Snowy plovers need our help to stay safe on land. 

Please keep your furry friends on a leash when walking on the beach. 

Snowy plovers, let them be. 

So, they can live a good life for a healthy ecosystem by the sea. 

3rd place: Jen Judge, felt and colored pencil


1st place Kids: Bella K., pen and colored pencils

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Interested in learning more about the western snowy plover? Click here!