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Birdhouse contest • Ogden Nature Center is looking for whimsical, beautiful, practical creations.
Published: March 8, 2012 10:29AM
Updated: February 29, 2012 04:31PM
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Courtesy photo The Ogden Nature Center is looking for entries for its 19th Annual Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit.

Help homeless birds — enter the Ogden Nature Center’s 19th Annual Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit.

It’s a chance to be creative. Be smart. Be funny. And win some cash.

Birdhouse builders of all ages are encouraged to join the contest. There’s no entry fee, and there are cash prizes.

Entries are due at the Ogden Nature Center between March 26 and March 31.

The only requirement is that the birdhouses be sturdy. The Nature Center is looking for entries that are whimsical, beautiful, practical, functional or artistic, and the use of natural, reclaimed and recycled materials is highly encouraged.

You can work with your father, mother, sister, brother or best friend — teams are encouraged.

Entries will be judged by a select jury of professional artists and bird experts who will choose the winners and select birdhouses for exhibit along the Ogden Nature Center’s Birdhouse Trail. Birdhouses chosen for the exhibit will be on display April 12-Aug. 31.

Winners in adult a child categories will be announced and cash prizes presented on Wednesday, April 11 at 5:30 pm.  

Registration forms and full details are available online at ogdennaturecenter.org/birdhouse or at the visitor services desk at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th Street, Ogden.

For more information, call 801-621-7595.

Birdhouse Competition Guidelines

• Birdhouses must be original works created by the exhibitor. Commercially produced birdhouses or assembled kits will not be accepted.

• Size limitations: The base of the birdhouse may not exceed 24 inches square. The height of the birdhouse may not exceed 36 inches.

• All birdhouses must be freestanding and ready for installation outdoors. Birdhouses that are not freestanding will not be accepted for the exhibit. You must perch your birdhouse atop a sturdy post or attach a strong hanger. Posts will be installed at a depth of 1-2 feet.

• The Nature Center encourages the use of natural, reclaimed and recycled materials. Please consider the environment when choosing your materials and finishes. Please, no propane tanks this year.

• Please build sturdy birdhouses. Birdhouses need to last through all seasons outdoors.

• The event judges will select which birdhouses are accepted into the 2012 exhibit. A limited number of entries will be accepted for the exhibit.

• The Ogden Nature Center reserves the right to refuse submissions.

Birdhouse Competition Guidelines

• Birdhouses must be original works created by the exhibitor. Commercially produced birdhouses or assembled kits will not be accepted.

• Size limitations: The base of the birdhouse may not exceed 24 inches square. The height of the birdhouse may not exceed 36 inches.

• All birdhouses must be freestanding and ready for installation outdoors. Birdhouses that are not freestanding will not be accepted for the exhibit. You must perch your birdhouse atop a sturdy post or attach a strong hanger. Posts will be installed at a depth of 1-2 feet.

• The Nature Center encourages the use of natural, reclaimed and recycled materials. Please consider the environment when choosing your materials and finishes. Please, no propane tanks this year.

• Please build sturdy birdhouses. Birdhouses need to last through all seasons outdoors.

• The event judges will select which birdhouses are accepted into the 2012 exhibit. A limited number of entries will be accepted for the exhibit.

• The Ogden Nature Center reserves the right to refuse submissions.