2022 Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artists Contest Top Three Winners Announced

The top three winners for the 2022 Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artists Contest have been announced.

The contest is ran by the Huron-Manistee National Forests (HMNF) and is used to teach children about the Kirtland’s warbler and its habitat. The top 18 entries, a profile of the Kirtland’s warbler history and thumbnails of the top Honorable Mentions will be made into a 15-month calendar.

HMNF received 793 entries from individual students and classrooms across the Great Lakes and The Bahamas for this contest. Out of those 793 entries, two students from northern Michigan placed second and third.

First place, Nily S., an eighth grader at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan, will be featured on the front cover of the calendar. Eve H., a second grader at Westwoods Elementary in Traverse City, was second place and is going to be featured on the back cover of the calendar and third place went to Hazel E., a third grader at Grayling Elementary in Grayling. Her picture will be featured on the inside of the front cover.

Entries to the Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artists Contest needed to show an understanding of the Kirkland’s warbler or any of the creatures that live in northern Michigan’s jack pine forests or the winter habitat site of the warbler in The Bahamas.

The contest is a collaboration of the USDA Forest Service Huron-Manistee National Forests, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve, American Bird Conservancy, The Bahamas National Trust, Kirtland’s Warbler Audubon Society, Michigan DNR, AuSable Valley Audubon Society and Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance.

Proceeds from the calendar support the US Forest Service Kirtland’s warbler educational efforts.

Calendars will be available in early June at all five HMNF Offices.