Songbird Art Contest™ Highlights Migrating Birds

Posted Thursday September 16, 2021 by wf_admin

White Bear Lake, MN- As students head back to school, Wildlife Forever encourages teachers, parents, and students to use the Songbird Art Contest to encourage outdoor participation and conservation learning. Fall is a perfect time to discover migrating birds throughout the world. Students who participate with the Songbird Art Contest have until November 30th, to submit entries for awards and prizes.

The official species list for the 2021 Art of Conservation Songbird Art Contest™ include:  

  • The American Robin
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Veery
  • Wood Thrush
  • Black-Capped Chickadee

“Through art and creative writing, the Songbird Art Contest gives students the opportunity to learn about backyard wildlife, connecting to nature and empowering a lifelong appreciation of birds,” said Pat Conzemius, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever.

Across North America, songbird populations have declined by 30% in recent years. This past summer, a mysterious bird disease killed thousands of birds in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and other states. While the worst seems to have passed, scientists still do not know the cause for the deaths. The Songbird Art Contest raises awareness of bird conservation and empowers youth to help protect and restore critical species. 

Participants of the Songbird Art Contest have until November 30th to submit their artwork and written essay. Winners will be announced on National Bird Day, January 5th.

For more information about the Songbird Art Contest visit:

The Art of Conservation®: The Songbird Art Contest™ is an art and writing competition created in partnership with the Jay N. Darling Legacy Center, focused on sharing the wonder and species of diversity of North American songbirds. To enter, artists create an original illustration from the official contest bird list and a written essay about lessons learned and efforts to conserve their chosen species. Entries are judged in four age levels: K-3rd, 4th-6th grades, 7th-9th grades, and 10th-12th grades. The Songbird Art Contest Adult Division will be announced in 2022. Learn more at