Meadow Elementary School Students Win National Audubon Society Poster Competition
Fourth Graders’ Signage Displayed at Long Island Beaches
Meadow Elementary School 4th graders were recently named winners in the National Audubon Society’s “Be a Good Egg Poster Contest.” The competition called for elementary school children to create signs for beaches to help increase awareness of birds that nest and rest on the sand. While there is government signage directing people to stay clear of nesting areas, research shows that beachgoers pay more attention to the posters created by children. The students worked with their art teacher, Jami Delatorre.
According to the National Audubon Society, from April through August, the thousands of shore birds that nest on the New York and New Jersey beaches and inlets are threatened by predators, extreme weather conditions, and humans. When a person or dog walks through a nesting area, the adult birds run or fly off in fear, exposing the eggs or chicks to fatally high temperatures and drastically increasing the risk of predation from animals. The Audubon hopes to educate beachgoers about this problem and the beach nesting birds, such as Least Terns, Piping Plovers and American Oystercatchers, that inhabit Long Island every spring and summer.
The submitted signs were reviewed by the Audubon Society for scientific likeness to the birds, habitats, and messaging. The selected artwork was then made into hard signs for placement along the string fencing that helps deter the public from entering nesting sites.
The students’ posters can be viewed all summer at various Long Island beaches, including Sunken Meadow State Park.