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Where would we “bee” without pollinators?

The Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District recently announced its 2020 annual Poster Contest, sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

This year’s theme, “Where would we BEE without pollinators?” fits well with several activities going on in Volusia County, such as the designation of DeLand as a Monarch Butterfly City and the Garden Club of DeLand’s efforts to help plant and certify butterfly gardens.

AdventHealth DeLand is also co-sponsoring the competition.

This year’s theme highlights the role of bees, one of the planet’s most industrious animals.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants and 35 percent of food crops depend on animal pollinators like bees, birds and butterflies to reproduce.

Now, however, many pollinators are struggling and vanishing.

Each year, the Poster Contest topic reflects the NACD’s annual stewardship theme, and highlights the work of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries, and other agencies working to protect and enhance natural resources.

The contest starts at the district level; winners advance to the area level, then to the state level and then to the national level.

Poster-makers who win at the national level will get recognized at the NACD’s annual meeting.

Volusia Soil and Water Supervisor Kellee Jo Ferrari is coordinating this year’s contest. She can be contacted at VCSWcontest@gmail.com.

The poster contest is open to all students in Volusia County in kindergarten through 12th grade, including all public, private and home-schooled students.

Students may use any medium in their poster, but the 2020 stewardship theme, “Where would we BEE without pollinators?” must be included on the front side of each poster submission.

The creators of the top three posters in each category will receive monetary prizes, provided by AdventHealth DeLand.

First-place winners in the kindergarten through sixth-grade category will receive $25; second-place winners will receive $15; and third-place winners will receive $10.

Winners in grades seven through nine will receive $35 for first place; $30 for second; and $25 for third.

The winning poster artists in grades 10-12 will get $50 for first place; $40 for second; and $30 for third.

Entries must be submitted digitally, in JPEG format, by Friday, Feb. 28. For questions and further information regarding the contest and to submit digital submissions, contact Ferrari at VCSWcontest@gmail.com.

Entries must also be accompanied by a form available online at www.bit.ly/2P3YflK.

More information about the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District’s activities is available on the district’s website, www.volusiasoilandwater.org.

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