The Songbird Art Contest Releases its Official Bird List

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever unveils the Official Bird List for the 2022 Art of Conservation® Songbird Art Contest. Featuring species found throughout North America, the contest empowers art and creative writing from students around the world.

Art of Conservation® Songbird Art Contest

To compete, K-12 youth must create an original illustration that includes one of the following species:

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Brown Creeper
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Chipping Sparrow

Along with the illustration, students in grades 4-12 will also need to submit a brief creative writing piece relating to their chosen species. Combining art with creative writing helps connect youth to the lessons of conservation. The deadline to participate and submit an entry is November 30th, 2022.

“People care deeply about the songbirds in their neighborhoods. Our goal with this program is to bring awareness to the issues they are facing – nearly 40% of songbirds have disappeared in the past 50 years. We hope to introduce young people to the importance of these birds and solutions to reverse this crisis,” said Addison Motta, Education and Communications Manager at Wildlife Forever.

The Art of Conservation programs create the next generation of stewards by providing a creative outlet focused on research, learning and self-discovery. Students who enter connect with nature, pressing conservation issues, and solutions to make a difference. Artists from around the world have the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about songbirds, their habitats, and how they can help restore their populations.

“The Songbird Art program had a fantastic inaugural year, and we are excited to see participation continue to grow. Passing on a love and respect for nature to the next generation is of the utmost importance, and the program has the ability to connect students from all walks of life to the great outdoors,” said Sam Koltinsky, Director of the Jay N. Darling Center.

The 2022 Songbird Art Program is supported by the USDA Forest Service and Jay N. Darling Legacy Center.

Winners will be honored in four grade categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 and will be announced in January 2023. Submit your entry today at!

About The Art of Conservation®: Featuring two signature programs, The Songbird Art Contest™ and Fish Art Contest™, the Art of Conservation brand celebrates the arts as a cornerstone to conservation. For nearly 25 years, the Fish Art program has taught youth around the world about fish and aquatic conservation. The Songbird Art program is focused on sharing the wonder and diversity of songbirds, as well as their conservation needs. Learn more at

About Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America’s outdoor heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and scientific management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 96% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Join Today and learn more about the Art of Conservation® programs, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at

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