Audubon Contest for an All Species Halloween
by Carolyn Chase
elebrate and raise awareness about biological diversity
by using the theme of "All Species" to create your own fun project.
The National Audubon Society is helping individuals and groups add an "All
Species" aspect to local Halloween activities by sponsoring a contest
and making excellent support materials available.
The categories for contest entries include: Best Endangered
Plant Costume, Best Endangered Animal Costume, Best Habitat Costume or Non-Endangered
Species Costume, Best Essay on "The Importance of Biological Diversity",
Best Habitat Skit or Theatrical Production, Best Parade of All Species,
Best Web of Life List, Most Original Banner Promoting Endangered Species
or Biological Diversity, and Most Original Community Outreach. The deadline
for entries is November 11, 1994. Prizes include trips to Audubon Ecology
Camp, Bushnell binoculors, Audubon and SC Johnson & Son Inc. videos,
Patagonia Synchilla and Joe Boxer t-shirts, and other goodies from The Body
Shop and The Nature Company.
Audubon's All Species Information Packet contains: Lesson
and Activity Guides on Endangered Species, (Grades 1-3 and 4-6); a Community
Event Organizing Guide, Habitat Skit Guide, an Adopt-a-Species Resource
Guide, and a Costume and Parade Handbook. A limited number of these kits
are free upon request. Once the free kits have been distributed, additional
copies will be made available for $10. Contact John Lawler at (202) 547-9009.
The materials are very well prepared and I recommend
them highly. The All Species theme is used successfully for many Earth Day
events around the country. If you are interested in organizing an All-Species
themed event locally, contact me at San Diego Earth Day to discuss the possibilities.
To receive the Contest Rules and Prizes, send a SASE to All Species Contest
c/o Earth Day, P.O. Box 9827, San Diego CA 92169. If you wish to receive
the information by FAX, please call 272-7370.
All Species constumes can be as elaborate as this fabric
and wire bat or as elegantly simple as this turtle fashioned from a paper
[Left] A little face painting complets this butterfly costume
at Santa Fe's All Species Day celebration. [Right] Youth wearing a fabric
turtle constume at Tijuana's Eco-Fest '94. Sign translates "Don't eat
Carolyn Chase is Executive Director of San Diego Earth Day and a member
of the board of Hawkwatch International.