Somers is a renowned artist and owner of Bayside Arts Studio on Chincoteague Island. This is the second win for Somers in 10 years for the art logo contest. Somers won back in 2000 with her drawing of a belted kingfisher.
Somers is passionate about birds and is a skilled birder. She has led numerous educational programs and tours on the refuge. Somers' submission, a line drawing of blue birds nesting in a box will adorn the celebration's program flyers, T-shirts, and other items.
All submissions were displayed in the conference room at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center on March 29 and 30. Employees of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the 16th Annual International Migratory Bird Celebration committee were encouraged to vote for their favorite depiction of a migratory bird that could be seen on the refuge.
"Somers' drawing of blue birds nesting in a box portrays this year's International Migratory Bird Day theme 'The Power of Partnerships' in Bird Conservation," stated Hinds. "This year we celebrate both birds and the people who have contributed to their conservation."
The 16th Annual International Migratory Bird Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center. During the day visitors can participate in a wide variety of family activities including a live animal presentation, Native American flute music, soap carving, bird walks, photography walks, bird cookie decorating, piping plover chick crafts, bird feeders, face painting, bird tattoos, bird house building, and a wildlife art show featuring local wildlife artists and decoy carvers.
In partnership with the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, the refuge is collaborating with the Earth Day Celebration at the Robert Reed Park held the same day to increase awareness of International Migratory Bird Day and encourage folks to come out to the refuge to celebrate the many partnerships that have contributed to bird conservation efforts.
This year's event is sponsored by the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Natural History Association, Assateague Island National Seashore, Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, Historic Main Street Merchants Association, Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, The Ward Museum and many volunteers.