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Softscribe to Sponsor Youth Birding Competition
for 4th Consecutive Year
Committed to Helping Young People Build Lifelong Learning Habits and a
Respect for Nature, PR Firm Helps Georgia DNR Program Soar
ATLANTA, Nov. 18, 2008 - Softscribe Inc., a technology public relations firm focused on driving sales for companies targeting the green hospitality and tourism, U.S. government and related vertical markets, today announced it will sponsor the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ annual Youth Birding Competition again next year. 2009 will mark Softscribe’s fourth consecutive year to sponsor the Competition, beginning with the event’s inception in 2006.
The 2008 competition drew more participants than ever—126 young people ages three to 18. All across Georgia, they spotted or heard approximately 200 bird species during the 24-hour event in May, and raised $3,642 to support the state’s conservation efforts. The event concluded with a banquet and awards ceremony at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia, for which Softscribe provided prizes—copies of the popular reference book, The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley (ISBN 0-679-45122-6).
“Our program would not be possible without the generous support of our
sponsors, including Softscribe, The Environmental Resources Network, The
Georgia Ornithological Society, and the Atlanta Audubon Society," said
Tim Keyes, Georgia DNR wildlife biologist
in charge of the Youth Birding Competition and founder of the event. “Thanks
to them, the Competition continues to grow every year. We added an art
competition this year for T-shirt designs, and next year we will add a
journaling component to encourage writing, sketching and careful observation
of species throughout the year.” The 2009 Youth Birding Competition is
scheduled for April 25-26.
Keyes’ motivation for launching the Georgia Youth Birding Competition was frustration in being the youngest person at birding events, until he competed in the World Series of birding in New Jersey several years ago. He was impressed by the number of children also competing; there were about 20 youth teams. Shortly afterwards, he secured grant funding for the Georgia event.
For more information on the Youth Birding Competition and how to participate in the 2009 competition, contact Tim Keyes: (478) 994-1438 or Tim_Keyes@dnr.state.ga.us.
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