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Species on the Edge Contest Winners Celebrate at Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

by Rachel McGovern

Species on the Edge Winners Show Off their Art During the Awards Ceremony

The annual Species on the Edge Art and Essay Contest invites all fifth-grade students in New Jersey to choose a threatened or endangered animal species that lives in the state to celebrate with an essay and original art piece. We received thousands of submissions in 2022, but only one could be chosen from each county. The winners’ extraordinary artistic talent and thorough research secured their first-place positions.

An awards ceremony for those winners was held on August 23rd. The awards ceremony brought the winners, their loved ones, and teachers out for an afternoon at the Mercer County Wildlife Center. The ceremony took place outdoors near animal enclosures that hold non-releasable wildlife- some of the birds were even calling throughout the ceremony! Winners received their certificates and a gift bag to commemorate their achievements.


Announcing the Winners of the 2022 Species On The Edge 5th Grade Art & Essay Contest

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

by Ethan Gilardi, Wildlife Biologist

Red-headed Woodpecker by Anya Pole (Franklin Montessori School, Somerset County)

Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in the 2021 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest

Congratulations to the hundreds of hardworking and creative 5th grade students who advocated for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through an art piece and essay. You have inspired everyone at Conserve Wildlife Foundation with your enthusiasm for protecting our cherished wildlife.


Species on the Edge Art & Essay Winners Join CWF and NJDFW staff for Sedge Island Eco-tours

Friday, September 10th, 2021

by Ethan Gilardi, Wildlife Biologist

A view of Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center.

This past August, Species on the Edge Art & Essay winners and their parents joined Conserve Wildlife Foundation and New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife biologists at Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center for a day exploring New Jersey’s only marine conservation zone.


Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Species On The Edge 2.0 Social Media Contest

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

by Ethan Gilardi, Wildlife Biologist

Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in the 2021 Species on the Edge 2.0 Social Media Contest.

We at The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this year’s contest on their hard work and creativity! 

It was a delight for us to see the variety of ways you all were able to get the word out about New Jersey’s wildlife and the work we all can do to protect it. Your posts generated thousands of “likes” and views while spreading the positive message of wildlife conservation.

And after much deliberation, we are excited to announce our winners for the 2021 Species On The Edge 2.0 Social Media Contest!

First Place Winner

Bennett Davenport

Moorestown, NJ


Bennett’s nature documentary approach to Species on the Edge with his show, The Budget Museum, brought a unique and engaging energy to this year’s contest. His fully produced videos about NJ’s ospreys showed a great deal of talent and hard work, while also grabbing viewer’s attention with humor and creativity. With a clear dedication and care for wildlife education, we hope to see Bennett continue his efforts to educate us about animals, both modern and prehistoric.

We’re so glad to name Bennett’s campaign this year’s winner for Species on the Edge 2.0.

Congratulations Bennett, and job well done!

Second Place

Anvitha Nekkanti

Parsippany, NJ


Anvitha’s series of posts about the piping plover were jam-packed with information and featured adorable artwork of the beach nesting birds and other shore fairing species. Her use of infographics, videos, and games made her posts a real multimedia extravaganza.

Third Place

Kaitlyn Chang

Fort Lee, NJ


Kaityn’s digital painting timelapses of bobcats were breathtaking to watch and incredibly informative. Her passion and hard work made this series of posts a joy to watch and we’re excited to see where her artistic career takes her!


Kayla Cotter

Manalapan, NJ


Kayla’s series of posts were overflowing with info and drew a lot of attention. She utilized the platform to its fullest, making use of video, slides, hashtags, and games to spread the word about the bronze copper butterfly.

Congratulations to Bennett, Anvitha, Kaitlyn, and Kayla!

And thank you to all of our participants for putting your creativity to work to help New Jersey’s rare and imperiled wildlife.We hope you enjoyed getting to know some of these rare species better and hope you will stay involved in conservation.

A special thank you to contest sponsor PSEG Foundation.

Attention NJ High Schoolers: Entries Are Now Being Accepted for the 2021 Species on the Edge 2.0 Social Media Contest!

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

by Ethan Gilardi, Wildlife Biologist

CWF invites high school students from across the state to submit an original social media campaign showing why it is important to protect wildlife in New Jersey!

The fun and educational Species on the Edge 2.0 Social Media Contest capitalizes on high school students’ expertise with social media platforms and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature.

Students will create their own original content (for example: video, text, photograph, computer graphic) or utilize existing Conserve Wildlife Foundation content to create a series of posts focusing on one of New Jersey’s vulnerable species that CWF helps protect.

Best of all, it’s free – and gives students the chance to win prizes!  

1st place wins $1,000

2nd place wins $500

3rd place wins $250

This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to learn about and advocate for New Jersey wildlife, while also earning the chance to win a scholarship! Moreover, the students utilize social media for purposes of this contest!

Please note that entry forms must be received by Saturday, March 27, 2021.

A special thank you to contest sponsor PSEG Foundation.