The birds are back

Deadline for photography contest is March 12

MANISTEE — Birds are an important part of human culture and history.

Since the 17th century, more than 120 species have become extinct due to human activity. However, of all the wildlife in the United States, birds have attracted the biggest following, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Approximately 45.1 million people observed birds around the home and on trips in 2016,” according to a 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

“A large majority, 86 percent (38.7 million), observed wild birds around the home, while 36 percent (16.3 million) took trips away from home to observe wild birds.”

In 2018, the News Advocate held its first bird photo contest, which drew 285 photos in 12 days from Manistee County residents and beyond. Bird lovers far and wide submitted photos.

The second contest is underway, with the deadline to submit photos quickly approaching.

Photos must be submitted (JPEG format) to mgraves@pioneergroup.com by March 12. Limit submissions to three photos per person; please do not use prior submissions. Include the photographer’s name, type of bird and where the photo was taken. A selection of the best photos will be published in the Manistee News Advocate on March 29.

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Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or mgraves@pioneergroup.com.

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