2018 Theme: Pledge to Not Spread!
Invasive species are plants, animals, and microorganisms that are not native to an environment, and once introduced they establish, rapidly reproduce, spread, and cause harm to the environment, economy, and/or human health. Invasive species are introduced by a variety of ways, such as commercial shipping, release from pet and aquarium owners, or by attaching to boats, boots, animals or even clothing. Some of these species can establish populations, take over habitats, and harm native species.
Help us prevent the spread of invasive species in California by creating your "Pledge to Not Spread!" (PDF) Send us your illustrations showing what you could do to stop the spread of invasive species. Examples include: a written pledge to not release your pet, a public service announcement or poster explaining the risk of a particular species, or instructions for cleaning your boots, boat, or fishing gear. How will you pledge to not spread invasive species?
All types of media are welcome and encouraged: drawings, paintings, animations, comic strips, videos, public service announcements, campaign posters – send it all! All entries must include a completed Entry Form (PDF Form) and be received by May 4, 2018. Send entries to:
Entries will be placed into three grade divisions (2 – 4, 5 – 8, 9 – 12) and the top 3 winners will be selected from each division. One contestant will be selected by Department of Fish and Wildlife staff to receive the Invasive Species Program Choice Award.