As a way to engage families about the plight of the Eastern Hellbender and educate the next generation about the threats our state amphibian is facing, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association held a kids Hellbender Awareness Poster Contest at its Early Bird Sports Expo booth late in January at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.
Through the four days of the expo, we received 80 hand-drawn and colored posters by kids ranging in age mostly between five and 10. Several prizes were given out at the end of the show randomly to those who participated, but we felt it was important to showcase their work beyond the expo.
The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association has joined with several other groups to help push the US Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its lack of an endangered or threatened status for this cool creature.
Below are 80 kid-created posters from the Early Bird Sports Expo. We would like to honor a few more of the kids for their hard work on the posters. Please use the form after the posters to tell us which ones you especially liked. We will give out a few random prizes to those who help give feedback on the hellbender posters.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.