DMWR soliciting wildlife photos for 2014 calendar
The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) is currently working on producing the first ever American Samoa Wildlife Calendar for 2014.
Currently, DMWR is soliciting photos for the calendar. “We plan to create an eye-catching, educational wall calendar made up of photos of wildlife in American Samoa,” said DMWR’s Chief Wildlife Biologist Dr. Nicole Suzanne Dauphine, who is spearheading the project.
Everyone is welcome to submit high quality photos of American Samoa wildlife, including birds, bats, butterflies, crabs, turtles, whales and other animals — to compete in the calendar photo contest.
Submissions should be made on or before December 1 via email at email@example.com, or in person to Dr. Nicole Dauphine at the DMWR main office in Fagatogo.
A DMWR Wildlife Division committee will make the final selections of photos that will be used in the calendar, and winning contributors will be rewarded with photo credit prominently displayed in the calendar, and ten free copies of the calendar to distribute to family and friends.
Dauphine said there is funding to produce the calendar and they do not intend to sell it, although donations will be accepted and will go towards the wildlife rehabilitation program which is active but receives no grant funding to operate.
Dauphine told Samoa News in an initial interview that the elusive Spotless Crake, which was photographed in free form for the first time ever at the Laufuti Stream in Ta’u, Manu’a two month ago, will be featured in the calendar.
(The Spotless Crake is one of American Samoa’s rarest birds and has no Samoan name. It was discovered in Ta’u, Manu’a — the only place it is known to exist — in 1923 and has only been sighted a handful of times).
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