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Collins Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition

GAINESVILLE, Ga.—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) announced today that his office will begin accepting applications for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. All Ninth District students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit their art pieces, which are due to the Gainesville office by 5:00 p.m. on April 27, 2018.

Congressional Art Competition

Competition rules and submission details are available here. Please contact Ms. Tena Riley with any questions at (770) 297 3388 or

Appalachian Mountain Treasures Juried Photo Show

The Bowen Center for the Arts, Georgia ForestWatch and The Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club are hosts for the Appalachian Mountain Treasures Photo Show which will be on display at The Bowen March 3 to April 13, 2018.

Visitors can tour over 134 photographs of Appalachian mountain forests and communities. This 250 million year old mountain range is the second oldest in North America. Even if you haven’t hiked these mountain and regions, you can experience these incredible vistas in the charming Bowen gallery.

This juried event attracted 66 Southeastern professional and amateur photographers to compete for over $3,500 in prizes and awards. Sponsors for this event include The Dobbs Fund, The Bowen Center for the Arts, North Georgia Community Foundation, Mohawk Carpet Foundation, Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Len Foote Hike Inn and Patagonia.

Judges for this event are professionals Larry Winslett of Dahlonega, GA, Peter McIntosh of Clayton, GA and Horace Hamilton of Duluth, GA. They created a one of a kind show of over 126 works from the 253 entries received. These judges will also have work on display.

Don’t miss this show. Come tour the Appalachian at The Bowen Center for the Arts located at 334 Highway 9 North, Dawsonville, just north of the historic square. The Bowen Art Center hours are Tuesday through Friday 10-4 and Saturday 12-4. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Visit or call 706.216.ARTS(2787) for more information.

Registration Open For Georgia Youth Birding Competition

It’s time for young birders to begin honing their bird-identifying skills as they prepare for the annual Georgia Youth Birding Competition, set for April 27-28. Registration is open and online at

2017 Youth Birding Competition overall T-shirt Art Contest winner, Linda May
2017 Youth Birding Competition overall T-shirt Art Contest winner, Linda May

This fun, free competition for all youth – whether new to birding or not – has been connecting young Georgians with the outdoors for 13 years. At the start in 2005, coordinator Tim Keyes of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and other organizers simply hoped to make it through one year.

Since, the Youth Birding Competition has built an impressive record. It has helped develop an interest in birds and wildlife, spurring some competitors to study ecology and natural resources management in college. Some former birding novices are now veterans and mentoring younger birders. As a voluntary part of the competition, teams also have raised more than $20,000 for conservation.

Keyes, a wildlife biologist with DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section, said he is thrilled at the positive impact and looks forward to the competition “going for another 13 years!”

The fun this year begins April 27 when the 24-hour statewide birdathon for teams varying in ages from kindergarteners to high school seniors returns. The deadline to register is March 31. Complete information, including online registration, is at

The competition and an accompanying T-shirt Art Contest are sponsored by DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division, The Environmental Resources Network Inc. (TERN) – friends group of the Nongame Conservation Section – and others including the Georgia Ornithological Society and the Atlanta and Albany Audubon societies. A banquet and awards ceremony will be held April 28 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield. The dinner also features a live animal presentation.

Teams register in one of four age divisions and compete against other groups their age. Participants can also volunteer to raise money for conservation organizations.

The Youth Birding Competition is designed for youth of all skill levels. Those new to birding can take advantage of mentoring opportunities offered through the competition.

The contest starts at 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Groups may use as much or as little of that time to count as many birds as possible throughout Georgia.

Although teams can start birding anywhere in the state, they must turn in their checklists at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center by 5 p.m. that Saturday. While judges examine and score checklists, participants are treated to a live animal show followed by an awards banquet packed with prizes.

The Youth Birding Competition also includes a T-shirt Art Contest. Deadline to enter is March 15. Participation in the birding competition is encouraged but not required to enter the T-shirt Art Contest.

There is no charge for either contest, aside from the optional cost of overnight lodging at Charlie Elliott.

For details about the competition, including registering online, visit Tim Keyes can be reached at (912) 262-3191 or Information about the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, including lodging, is available by calling Robin Thompson at (770) 784-3122.

For more information on the T-shirt Art Contest, visit or contact art contest coordinator Linda May at (706) 557-3226 or

2018 Youth Birding Competition

What: Free bird-a-thon and fundraiser for youth from kindergarten through high school.

When: April 27-28, 2018. Deadline to enter: March 31.

Where: Teams can bird anywhere in the state, but must arrive at the finish line at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield by 5 p.m. April 28.

T-shirt Art Contest: Enter by March 15. Details at or contact art contest coordinator Linda May at (706) 557-3226 or

Registration: Online at For details on lodging at Charlie Elliott Conference Center, contact Robin Thompson, (770) 784-3122

Birding competition contact: Tim Keyes, (912) 262-3191 or

Other details, including participation booklet and forms: