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Matagorda Bay Birdfest

march 24, 25, & 26, 2023

Connecting people birds and nature

Welcome back to our website with news for the 2021 – 2022 Matagorda Bay Birdfest. We are currently posting our news on the county wide Youth Art Contest which officially kicks off on October 2021.
DOWNLOAD FORM
In light of the evolving C.D.C. guidelines for public gatherings, the MBB event in April of 2022 is being postponed until the public can gather in confidence WITH the advocacy of our Center for Disease Control.

We are currently working on a new book on the American oyster catcher and its habitat around Matagorda Bay. Stay tuned to our news about this new book currently in production via our updated news in January, 2022.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will continue to work on projects that respect the realities of this current pandemic.

Please contact us if you want to support MBB 2021 – 2022 Youth Art Contest.

Our address is:
Matagorda Bay Birdfest
PO BOX 441 Palacios, TX 77465

Look soon for more news to come on the 2022 Youth Art Contest Winners!

2022 MATAGORDA BAY BIRDFEST YOUTH ART CONTEST

THEME: THE BLACK SKIMMER

ANNUAL ART CONTEST FOR YOUTH IN MATAGORDA COUNTY

OBJECTIVE
• Connecting students to the Black Skimmer in its local habitat through Art
• Displaying and celebrating student art in a regional community event

DATES & TIMES
• Entries are due Friday, February 25th, 2022 to your school’s front office by 3:30 p.m. They will be collected by an affiliate of MBBF on Monday, February 28th at 8:00 a.m.
• Celebration Concert and Awards Night: Friday, March 25th, Location in Palacios is to be determined, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. See website below for concert information.

PRIZES
• Grades K through 3: First place $200, Second place $100, Third place $50
• Grades 4 through 8: First place $200, Second place $100, Third place $50
• Grades 9 through 12: First place $200, Second place $100, Third place $50

REQUIREMENTS
• IMAGE MUST BE ORIGINAL, CONNECT THE BLACK SKIMMER TO ITS LOCAL HABITAT, AND SIGNED ON FRONT WITH ARTIST’S FIRST NAME ONLY
• ART MEDIUMS: Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pencil, Pastel, Charcoal or 2D Collage ( 3D will not be accepted )
• SIZE: 8 x 11 inches mounted on 9 x 12 inch construction paper ( Artist’s choice of color)
• ENTRY FORM: Must be downloaded, copied, completed and mounted on back of construction paper
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Focus Species Bird 2022
BLACK SKIMMER
Thank you to Celeste Silling at GCBO!
More info on Focus Species Black Skimmer at

Find additional information about the MBBF 2022 contest 
contact Marty Rieck • (512) 632‐6568 • Email: m.jo.rieck@gmail.com

Past Winners

Expert speakers engage visitors in regional birding topics
Free Palacios
Parade of Birds
thanks to our regional sponsors
Field Birding Tours by Land, Boat, and Kayak
Visit with representatives of Texas Parks & Wildlife, International Crane Foundation, Matagorda Bay Foundation,  LCRA Jetty Parks and others
Matagorda County has led the Nation in the number of bird species counted in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count for 20 of the last 25 years.
The largest CBC count was 250 species in 2005!

Parade of Birds!

Come see the truly unique bird parade including art cars, floats, costumes, puppets and MORE!

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 10:00 am

1st Street at South Bay Blvd proceeding to the Luther Hotel Lawn

Matagorda Bay Parade of Birds is free to the public thanks to
the generosity of our regional funding partners.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors

Janet & Scott Peden
Cynthia & Robert Garrett
 Friends of Laurie & Fred Beck
Lisa & John Harrison
 East Side Elementary Annex
901 2nd Street, Palacios, Texas 77465
(Corner of 2nd Street & Moore Ave)
For a complete map of the Events
Click Here
Contact: lauriebeck@becktv.com

Schedule Subject to Change
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