FARMINGTON -- The four lucky ducks who best capture the cinnamon look of a blue-billed adult male ruddy duck will receive some bills of their own.
The 13th annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is hosting a student art contest sponsored by a $1,200 grant from the proceeds of the Davis County Commissioners' Cup Golf Tournament held Aug. 18.
Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to submit an original color drawing or painting of an adult male ruddy duck, said Neka Roundy, with the office of Davis County Community & Economic Development.
An estimated 24,000 ruddy ducks nest around Great Salt Lake each year, Roundy said, and thousands more rest and feed in Northern Utah during fall migration.
The male ruddy duck is noted for its cinnamon red plumage and bright blue bill during breeding season.
The contest will be judged in four different categories, with winning artwork from each group receiving a cash prize, Roundy said.
An overall best of show image will also be chosen and featured on the 2012 Great Salt Lake Bird Festival's promotional materials, she said.
Entries must be hand delivered or postmarked by April 1 to the festival headquarters in Farmington.
All artwork will be displayed for viewing at the May 12-16 festival.
Roundy said the five-day event is expected to draw more than 3,500 local and out-of-state participants for numerous field trips, workshops, free family activities and special speakers.