Alaska Migratory Bird Calendars make their way around the Delta

Amber Angaiak's winning artwork will be featured in this year's calendar.

by Gisela Chapa

Every year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosts the Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Youth Art Contest, a state-wide poster and literature competition for K-12 students residing in or adjacent to National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.

The purpose of the contest is to encourage youth to learn about bird conservation while expressing their artistic skills. The result is a beautiful 12-month calendar full of color, lovely writing, that showcases the winning entries for the previous year.

Tens of thousands of calendars are produced and distributed around the state. This year delivery of the calendars took longer than expected; not to worry – the calendars are making their way around the Delta as this note is published, just in time to appreciate the artwork for the month of May.

What’s so important about May, you ask? It showcases the artwork of a talented young artist from Nelson Island School in Toksook Bay; Ms. Amber Angaiak.

“Pisulta Ciunerkamun (Hunt for the Future)” is the theme of this year’s calendar. Ms. Angaiak’s interpretation of the theme won her two blue ribbons – one for each local and State level in the Kindergarden to 2nd-grade category. Congratulations to Ms. Amber Angaiak for her wonderful achievement!

Other talented youth who earned blue ribbons at the local level include the following young artists in their respective categories:

Kindergarden – 2nd Grade Category

Austin John, Toksook Bay

Phebe Angaiak, Toksook Bay

3rd Grade – 5th Grade 

Clarissa Lincoln, Toksook Bay

Krayten Friend, Toksook Bay

Shayna Lincoln, Toksook Bay

6th Grade – 8th Grade

Rennee Flynn, Newtok

Nevaeh George, Newtok

Deanne Kilongak, Newtok

9th Grade – 12th Grade

Johnny John, Newtok

Malcolm Queenie, Newtok

Jamal Kassaiuli, Newtok

Congratulations and keep up the good work!

If your kids or students are interested in art or interested in this contest, I hope you encourage them to participate. Who knows, maybe their art or writing will be featured in the Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar.