Students drawing attention to wildlife bridges with art contest

Students drawing attention to wildlife bridges with art contest

Conservation Northwest / May 25, 2015 / I-90 Wildlife

The I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, led and administered by Conservation Northwest, and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) launched an art contest on social media today asking students to show that they “Heart I-90 Wildlife” on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Visit the contest webpage here or check out the video below for more details!

The contest is part of the annual Bridging Futures project, geared towards educating youth about safe wildlife passage throughout the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass corridor in Washington’s Cascade Mountains.

Students grades K-12 interested in entering are asked to visit the I-90 Wildlife Bridges web page, choose one or more species from a list of native Cascade Mountains wildlife, illustrate the wildlife, take a photo of their art, and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #iHearti90Wildlife.

Awards will be given in several categories, including best group collection, best mammal or bird, best amphibian, reptile, or mollusk, most creative entry, and people’s choice. Prizes include GoPro HEROs, customized #iHearti90Wildlife T-shirts, and REI gift cards.

The contest runs March 25 to May 11, 2015. Winners will be announced in May.

Since 2000, through The Cascades Conservation Partnership and the I-90 Bridges Coalition, Conservation Northwest has led efforts to reconnect Washington’s north and south Cascades by restoring habitat and establishing safe wildlife crossings under and over Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass.

WSDOT will start building the wildlife crossing over I-90 this summer. The structure will be located 10 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass as part of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project.

For more information, please contact Jen Watkins, Conservation Associate and I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition Coordinator.