Who’s got the weirdest and most artistic bird nests sitting in their Bay Area yard? Is it you?
It’s time for the 4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest and you’re all invited to search your yards and enter some wild and wonderful photographs of all the unique bird nests you find. Check all the nooks and crannies in your yard and around your house (or on your house!).
Please be VERY careful to keep at a safe distance from the nests so you DON’T frighten parent birds or chicks when you’re looking at or photographing a nest. If you have a telephoto lens, please use it.
RULES: Nests must be on your property in the San Francisco Bay Area.
HOW TO ENTER: There are two ways to enter:
1. Submit your name, address, phone number, nest category, a written description of the nest, and color photographs (do NOT send the actual nest!) to:
4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest, c/o the Times, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-8099.
Make sure your photos are printed on photo paper.)
2. Or you can e-mail the above information along with your nest photos (JPEGs only) to email@example.com. Enter as many different nests in as many different categories as you want. Each entry and photos must be in a separate letter or e-mail. There’s no fee to enter (hey, this is for fun!).
Photos of winning nests will appear with a story in the Times’ Home & Garden Section after the contest ends.
NEST CATEGORIES: 1. Most Unusual Building Materials; 2. Flimsiest Nest; 3. Weirdest Nest Location; 4. Most Unique Bird; 5. Most Artistic Nest. A grand prize will be awarded for the Most Wonderful Nest of All (more on this later).
PRIZES: Fancy new feeders, specialty bird seed, new bird books and more, donated by East Bay Nature, 1270A Newell Ave., Walnut Creek; Wild Birds Unlimited, 692 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; Wild Birds Unlimited, 7182 Regional Street, Dublin.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received at the Times in Walnut Creek by 5 p.m. May 23.
JUDGES: Gary Bogue; Newman the Cat Bogue (this is the closest he’ll ever get to a nest!), Diana Granados, Native Bird Connections, Marty Buxton, collections manager, Lindsay Wildlife Museum; Mike Williams, vice-president, Mount Diablo Audubon Society.
Let the contest begin. /Gary