Snowy Plover Art Contest

Did someone say BIRTHDAY?

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

Fondly called the “Old Man”, this western snowy plover is the oldest on record! To join in the celebration, send a photo of your best and most creative artistic representation of OR:YR. Make sure to include his beautiful bracelets. These 'bracelets' or bands are how scientists are able to tell The Old Man apart from other western snowy plovers. 


Submissions will be judged based on four different age categories. Winners will have their art displayed at the Friends of the Dunes Humboldt Coastal Nature Center and win prizes!


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Photo by Luke Eberhart Phillips

How to Enter:

1. Read the educational material about western snowy plovers here. 


Watch this video here

2. Create an artistic representation of The Old Man (OR:YR) and include a fact about western snowy plovers that you learned in your art piece.


3. Scan or take clear picture of your artwork and email it to by June 21st. 

Contest Rules and Details:

  • One entry per person, all ages welcome

  • Participants may use any medium (paint, color pencils, clay, collage, etc.)

  • Art must include The Old Man (OR:RY) and a fact about western snowy plovers 

  • Contest winners will be announced on June 26th through our Instagram page @friendsofthedunes and our local State Parks page @North_coast_redwoods. Contest winners will also be contacted directly. 

  • Grand winners of each category will have their art displayed at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center and win prizes! 

  • Second and third place winners will also receive prizes. 

Contest Winners will be judged in the following categories:

Adults: 18 and up 

Teens: 13-17

Kids: 8-12

Kids: 8 and below 


Photo by Natalia Sojka