FOR THE BIRDS — The 18th annual exhibit of birdhouses at the Ogden Nature Center

The Ogden Nature Center received a record 73 entries for the 18th Annual Birdhouse Exhibit, which will open on Saturday, April 16 and show through August 31, 2011. The public is invited to stroll down Birdhouse Lane to view this year????????s 73 entries along with the Nature Center????????s permanent collection of wild, creative, wacky, functional, and beautiful birdhouses.

The birdhouse competition was designed to demonstrate ways to attract wildlife to backyards by creating unique, aesthetically pleasing habitats. Entries range from whimsical to practical.

This competition is sponsored by the Utah Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts along with the following local sponsors: Jack & Jodi Livingood, Shepherd????????s Bush, Pat & Glen Richter, Salt Lake Wild Bird Center, Wasatch Audubon Society, Ogden Blue, The Wild Bird Center of Layton, Booth Dental Clinic, Robin and Brad Farr Family and Jeremiah????????s Restaurant.

Exhibition Display: April 16 through August 31, 2011 -Open Monday through Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-4

Admission: Free for Nature Center members

$2.00 for children 2-11
$4.00 for adults
$3.00 for seniors

This year????????s competition was judged by Cara Koolmees, Jim Chirstensen and Deb Marin.

2011 Birdhouse Competition Results:

Top Three Awards –

  1. Honorable Mention ???????? Darrell Stokes ??????The Nut House?????? ???????? Old shingles, nuts, post #18, Ogden (435) 225-0421
  2. Judge????????s Choice – Oscar Gonzalez & Johny Rios ??????Alaska Bird Inn?????? Pine wood, solar fountain #68, Ogden (801) 920-7136
  3. Commission Award ???????? Best of Show ???????? John Bruce ??????A Bird????????s Home Is His Castle?????? Chinese Elm firewood #70, Draper (801) 571-0066

Imaginative/Artistic:

  • 1st place ???????? Alan Wheelwright (Weber Pathways) ??????????????Sunbird?????? ???????? Wood, paint #72 Eden (801) 745-2344
  • 2nd place ???????? Stefanie Miller ???????? ??????Camping Is For The Birds?????? ???????? Wood, Dirt, Recycled Tent #35 Ogden (801) 621-7595

Best Use of Recycled/Natural Materials:

  • 1st place ???????? Gary Swenson ???????? ??????Barnwood Chalet?????? Recycled wood #51 Pleasant View (801) 782-7124
  • 2nd place ???????? James Pitts ???????? ??????Log Cabin?????? ???????? Cedar and dowel, pine cones #14 Ogden (801) 737-6865

Unique Use of Materials:

  • 1st place ???????? Dennis Hawkins – ??????Aviano Manor?????? ???????? Wine bottle corks, wood #61 Ogden (801) 621-2646
  • 2nd place ???????? David Mudrow ???????? ??????Cleaner for Birds?????? ????????Recycled Vacuum, Found Objects #9 Ogden (801) 394-9593

Form:

  • 1st place ???????? Robert Smith ???????? ??????High Rise?????? ???????? Barnwood and stones #5 Eden (801) 745-9246
  • 2nd place ???????? Paul Vlandear ???????? ??????For The Birds?????? ???????? Barnwood #3 West Haven (801) 732-0663

Collaborative Efforts:

  • 1st place ???????? Scout Troop (Chris Bitton & scouts 8,9)- ??????Scout Camp?????? ???????? Wood, paint #38 Ogden (801) 731-8942
  • 2nd place – Trapper & Gunner Rasmussen & Addyson Keisel (7,4,5)???????? ??????Bird Inn and Out House?????? ???????? Cedar fence pickets, willow sticks, straw #23 Plain City (801) 731-6469
  • 3rd place – Grandpa Ed and Jack (62, 4)???????? ??????Flying Dutchman?????? ???????? Plywood, tree limbs & nails #48 Ogden (801) 528-2504

Wood Art:

  • Honorable Mention: Kirkland & Ammon Robinson ??????Dragonfly?????? ???????? Sticks & wood #12 Ogden (801) 540-7838
  • Honorable Mention: Keith Banner ??????Downy Woodpecker House?????? ???????? Cedar, Scruboak, Purple Heart Wood #33 Ogden (801) 476-4166 (Most Functional)

Children????????s Awards ????????

Form:

  • 1st place ???????? Katelyn Helper ( 9 ) ???????? ??????Bird Paradise?????? ???????? Wood #52 Ogden (801) 737-4375
  • 2nd place ???????? Cameron Keyes (6) ???????? ??????Big Red?????? ???????? Wood, red paint #30 South Weber (801) 479-8051
  • 3rd place ???????? Christian Urban (9) ???????? ??????The Pencil Box?????? ???????? Wood, pencils, paint #53 Ogden (801) 737-4648

Imaginative/Artistic:

  • 1st place ???????? Logan Klar (8) – ??????Sunny Day?????? ???????? Recycled wood and paint, acrylic #39 Ogden (801) 334-5169
  • 2nd place ???????? Cache Meyer (7) ???????? ??????Cruncher?????? ???????? Scrapwood, green paint #73 West Haven 801) 731-9330
  • 3rd place ???????? Niels Wheelright (10) ???????? ??????The Blue Jay?????? ???????? Recycled wood, material #71 Eden (801) 745-2344

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