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Shorebirds Competition 2021 results

2021 Shorebirds Competition Summary and Results

The ANSTO Education Team was proud to host the fourth annual Shorebirds Competition for primary students in Years 3 to 6. Students across Australia were invited to create an ecotourism poster for a wetland or coastal area that provides an important habitat for shorebirds and other animals. They could highlight a local area or one in their State or Territory. Their poster had to encourage people to want to visit the area, to appreciate and help conserve its natural beauty and the shorebirds that live there.

There were categories for schools and individual entrants. Lesson plans for teachers were provided, linked to the Australian Curriculum for Science, Geography and English. Information sheets for students on shorebirds and wetlands were also available. More information about the competition and educational resources can be found on the competition page.

Entries were received from 55 postcodes across all six States and the Northern Territory (see competition website). Nearly 1200 students across the nation participated. Schools could submit 5 entries per class and 256 entries were received from 29 schools. An additional 64 entries were submitted by individuals, bringing the total number of entries received to 320. This was a pleasing response given the large disruptions in learning caused by the Covid pandemic.

Many important habitats were highlighted across the country – see the interactive map below. These included wetlands listed by The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

We thank all our participating students and schools and give special thanks to the many dedicated parents and teachers who created a conversation around this topic and inspired children to learn and achieve.

We gratefully acknowledge The Overwintering Project, a project for adult artists, as the source of inspiration for this competition and for their continued support. This important project raises awareness of our migratory shorebirds and their habitats across Australia.

We also gratefully acknowledge Greater Sydney Local Land Services and the Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group Inc. for sponsoring local area prizes for Botany Bay, NSW, and the Swan River Estuary, WA, respectively.

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ANSTO contributes world-class environmental research on wetlands. Read more about Recent ANSTO research on waterbirds and wetlands.

Winners Y3-4 Individuals

1stGrace CSt IvesNSW
2ndNas DSlacks CreekQLD
3rdConnor TGreenbankQLD

Highly Commended Y3-4 Individuals

HCAanya SAnulaNT
HCArabella CVaucluse NSW
HCCotton TSt Ives NSW
HCLillyanna MDonvale VIC
HCMariana VPoint Cook VIC
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Winners Y3-4 Schools

1stAllen BRedeemer Baptist School NSW
2ndSunny MAvalon Public School NSW
3rdOlivia ARedeemer Baptist School NSW

Highly Commended Y3-4 Schools

HCEthan WRedeemer Baptist School NSW
HCIndia GStirling East Primary School SA
HCJaden WRedeemer Baptist School NSW
HCLea LDonburn Primary School VIC
HCPhin ZHeathcote Public SchoolNSW
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Winners Y5-6 Schools

1stEvie SSt Martins Lutheran CollegeSA
2ndLayla BCable Beach Primary SchoolWA
3rdHarper BSt Martins Lutheran CollegeSA

Highly Commended Y5-6 Schools

HCCerys IHalls Head Primary SchoolWA
HCEmma VSt Martins Lutheran CollegeSA
HCIsabelle QPLC SydneyNSW
HCLilian PPLC SydneyNSW
HCZoe LDonburn Primary SchoolVIC
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Winners Y5-6 Individuals

1stMilla DAvalon NSW
2ndJude BLane Cove NSW
3rdWinnie ZMt GambierSA

Highly Commended Y5-6 Individuals

HCCatherine THornsby NSW
HCChelsea PWoollahra NSW
HCJacquelyn AMt Shank SA
HCLouis VMt Gambier SA
HCSienna MDonvale VIC
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