2024 Songbird Art Contest Now Open

White Bear Lake, MN – The 2024 Songbird Art Contest is now open and accepting entries! The contest is free to enter and open to youth kindergarten through 12th grade. Entries must feature one of the selected species below and will be accepted through November 30th, 2024. 2024 Official Bird List: To compete, students in …

Texas Educator Named 2024 Richard Hart Educator of the Year

For Immediate Release Contact: Addison Motta AMotta@WildifeForever.org White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to name Ms. Ramona Michael of Kingwood, TX as the 2024 Richard M Hart Educator of the Year. Ms. Michael introduced the Fish Art program and free lesson plans to over 700 students. Her commitment to connecting children with …

Fish Art Contest National Winners Announced

For Immediate Release Contact: Addison Motta, amotta@wildlifeforever.org White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever and Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops are proud to announce the 2024 Art of Conservation® Fish Art Contest National Winners. National judging took place on Friday, April 26th, with winners chosen from over 5,600 entries from around the world. “The artwork …

New Boater Survey Promotes Free Rapala Giveaway

May 22nd, 2024Contact: Zach Burnside – Invasive Species Program Manager White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever is calling all boaters who trailer their craft, to help with a survey on invasive species. Participants can win a Rapala Lure Giveaway where feedback from the survey will help inform state and federal agencies on how to …

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Proclaims May 11th Clean Drain Dry Day To Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

May 7th, 2024Contact: Zach Burnside – Invasive Species Program Manager White Bear Lake, MN – Governor Tim Walz along with Wildlife Forever and DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen, proclaim Saturday, May 11th as Minnesota Clean Drain Dry Day. With the Minnesota Fishing Opener serving as the official start to fishing and boating season, people are reminded to …

Fish Art Contest State Winners Announced

For Immediate Release Contact: Addison Motta, amotta@wildlifeforever.org White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever and Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shop are proud to announce the 2024 Art of Conservation® Fish Art Contest State Winners. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place was awarded to students in four age categories in each state. This year over 5,600 students …

Deepwater Horizon Halftime Reports Calls for Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

For Immediate Release                                                  April 16, 2024 Contact: Pat Conzemius, President & CEO pconzemius@wildlifeforever.org White Bear Lake, MN –   The 14th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill coincides with major accomplishments of $1 billion in restoration projects funded by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council). For perspective, the Deepwater Horizon Halftime Report …

New Boat Ramp Signs Help Anglers and Boaters Prevent Invasive Species

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever, CD3 Systems, and FishBrain announce a new digital platform to aid boaters and anglers in preventing aquatic invasive species. The Check-In & Check-Out (CICO) WebApp provides a fast, user-friendly tutorial on how to self-inspect and clean watercraft before and after launching by hand. New access signs are available …

Clean Drain Dry Initiative Releases Annual Accomplishment Report

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to release the 2023 Clean Drain Dry Initiative® annual accomplishment report. Through partnerships with the outdoor industry, state and federal agencies, and community organizations, on-the-ground efforts delivered critical invasive species prevention infrastructure and a nationwide public service campaign reaching 65 million impressions. Invasive species are a …