Colorado Habitat Connectivity Kids’ Art Contest
Wild animals need a place to live which scientists call habitat. Just like humans, animals’ habitats need to have food, water, and shelter. Sometimes one patch of habitat can’t provide all of these needs, so wild creatures need to travel to other habitat patches to try and get those needs met.
In our modern world, we humans have built homes, stores, schools, farms, and roads. Unfortunately for wild creatures, they are often blocked from going to new habitats by these human creations. In order for wildlife to have a future in Colorado and across the planet, these patches of habitat need to connect so wildlife can travel from one patch to another.
Sometimes these connections between habitat patches are paths with trees, bushes, and other plants, that scientists call corridors. Sometimes these connections are small pieces of forest that wild creatures use like stepping stones to get from one patch of habitat to another. This is sort of like when we might try to cross a creek and there’s no bridge so we hop from one stone to another till we get to the other side.
One of the most difficult things for wild creatures to cross is our roads. When animals try and cross these roads many of them are killed by cars and trucks. Not only are animals hurt and even killed, but the people riding in cars and trucks can also be hurt. Fortunately, people all over the world are beginning to come up with solutions to help wild creatures cross roads. Check out this video to see what solutions are already being built!
Click Here—->10 Awesome Animal Bridges<—-
Habitat connectivity is so important in Colorado that Governor Jared Polis passed an executive order to protect wildlife corridors. We will be celebrating this momentum with a series of special events. This will be a chance to educate the people of Colorado on how important it is to connect habitats for wild creatures. So that we can do the best job of sharing this message, we need your help. That’s right, YOU can help! The Endangered Species Coalition is launching the Habitat Connectivity Kids’ Art Contest.
Check out the below for instructions on how you can help us spread the word by creating your very own, custom-designed wildlife connectivity structure! You can draw it, paint it, build it out of clay or building blocks, or anything else you can think of to help wild creatures safely cross roads. Then email it to us by July 17th and our judges will pick the best ones to be shared on our website and during Habitat Connectivity celebrations. Even more important you will be helping us spread the word on how important habitat connectivity is to the wild animals of Colorado and beyond!
Colorado Habitat Connectivity
Kids’ Art Contest
For Kids of All Ages
Here’s how to enter:
- First, create your own miniature model of a wildlife connectivity structure to help Colorado’s wild animals cross busy roads and highways!
- You can use any materials you want! Draw it, paint it, or build it out of any material you want to use, from cardboard to blocks, mud, or popsicle sticks. The only limit is your imagination.
- Then take a photo or a video of your wildlife connectivity structure and email it to: Gwen Nahnsen, Gwen@endangered.org
- You’ll also have to explain to us how it works. You can do this in writing or tell us in your own video!!
- Make sure you include the following information:
- Your name, email, and address
- What grade you’re starting in the fall
- What animals did you build your Wildlife Connectivity Structure for?
- How does it work? Explain to us the parts of your structure and how animals will use it to safely cross the road.
- How will you decide where to put your structure and how will you tell if animals are using it once installed?
- Lastly, how will you encourage animals to use it rather than taking the risk of using the road?