Time is running out for individuals interested in submitting applications for Artistic Birdhouse fund-raiser, a project of the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center. The deadline for submitting designs is Monday, November 15. Thirty applicants will be chosen to create birdhouses for an auction at Nature's Market on April 16, 2011. Proceeds will support the Nature Center's scholarship programs and animal care.
"It's been fun seeing what people are proposing," says Nancy Furman, Nature Center Coordinator. "But at the same time, we're still looking for more applications with that unique 'wow' factor. I hope those still planning on sending in a design will let their imaginations run wild and have a lot of fun with it."
Furman said she hopes more students will be encouraged to submit an application before the deadline. She said interested applicants may get some ideas by seeing some of the birdhouses submitted for a benefit in Southampton, New York, which inspired the Lincoln event. The website is http://southforkbreastbirdhouseauction.wordpress.com/.
The birdhouses can be built of any material, but environmental concepts are encouraged, and the total area can be no larger than four square feet. Photos of all 30 birdhouses will be displayed at lincoln.ne.gov and in all Nature's Market promotion. The birdhouses also will be displayed throughout the community March 5 through 31 and then brought together April 1 at the Grand Manse as part of the First Friday Art Walk. After the auction, the top three sellers will be featured in a Lincoln Journal Star advertisement. Birdhouses become the property of the Pioneers Park Nature Center.
Applications are available on the Parks and Recreation website; at the Parks and Recreation office, 2740 "A" St.; and at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington. More information is available on the website and by calling 441-8709.