2021 Theme: Be An Invasive Species Detective!
Invasive species are plants, animals, and microorganisms that are not native to an environment, and that once introduced, establish, quickly reproduce and spread, and cause harm to the environment, economy, or human health. Invasive species spread in many ways, including attaching to clothing or vehicles, or pets released by owners. The first step in stopping invasive species is to find and identify them. Everyone can be an “Invasive Species Detective” by learning how to identify invasive species, reporting them, and taking actions to stop them from spreading.
Create an original piece showing the actions an “Invasive Species Detective” can take to protect your community by finding and stopping the spread of invasive species. Examples include: a poster describing how to identify a particular species; a public service announcement encouraging pet owners not to release pets; a brochure with instructions for cleaning your boats, boots, or gear. Be creative!
All types of media are welcome and encouraged: drawings, paintings, animations, comic strips, videos, audio – send it all! Due to COVID-19, we are accepting entries electronically only. Email a scan or photo of your entry to Invasives@wildlife.ca.gov. For large files, such as videos, contact us for submission instructions. All entries must include a completed Entry Form (Word) signed by a parent or guardian. Deadline May 5, 2021!
The art contest is open to grades 2 – 12. Entries will be placed into three grade divisions (2 – 4, 5 – 8, 9 – 12) and three winners selected from each division. Department of Fish and Wildlife staff will select one contestant to receive the Invasive Species Program Choice Award. Winners will be announced on CDFW’s Facebook page during California Invasive Species Action Week in June and will receive a certificate and prize.
"Be A Habitat Hero" - 2020 Invasive Species Program Choice Award Winner by Ava McQuain