From CSKT Natural Resources Department 

Third graders from area schools Reservation wide were invited to participate in the 17th annual Migratory Bird Day poster contest; this year’s event was organized by the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribal Wildlife Management Program & The Information and Education Program. Third graders from Arlee, Glacier Lake School in St. Ignatius, Hot Springs, Ronan, Pablo, Glacier View School in Ronan, and Polson elementary schools all participated in this year’s poster contest. 

”The annual poster contest is always a fun time when we talk with students across the Flathead Reservation about the importance of migrating birds in our area. We discuss what good birds do for us, and environmental challenges birds face while migrating”, said Whisper Camel-Means, CSKT Wildlife Biologist. 

Presentations were given to participating third grade classes, the top three posters were chosen by each class, from those the top three posters overall, from all of the participating third grade classes were chosen on their creativity, use of a local native bird/birds and use of this year’s theme “Be the solution to plastic pollution”. Posters were then hung at the Tribal Complex in Pablo, where the public was allowed to vote for the “People’s Choice” award. 

This year’s winners were;

1st Place: Colby Evans, Glacier View School –Pablo, Ms. Evan 

2nd Place: Sophia Torgison, Ronan KWH Elem, Mrs. Rowe

3rd Place: Eli Evenson, Polson Linderman Elem, Mrs. Simonich 

People’s Choice: Lyla Johnson, Glacier Lake School, 

For the past six years, the third grade poster contest was followed by a Migratory Bird Day Community Celebration; this year however, it was decided to have this event every other year. Stay tuned for our next Community Bird Day Celebration, May 2020. 

For more information, contact Whisper Camel-Means, Wildlife Biologist for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, at (406) 883-2888, ext. 7224 or whisper.means@cskt.org or Stephanie Gillin, Information and Education Program Manager, at (406) 883-2888, ext. 7241 or Stephanie.gillin@cskt.org.

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