Take the Challenge...

‘Endangered Species’ art contest needs you

Draw or paint a picture, mold a sculpture or carve a piece of wood of a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta endangered species for the annual “Our Delta Endangered Species Youth Art Contest.”

There are 22 endangered or threatened species that make the Delta their home. Whether it is a tiger salamander, a green sturgeon, Delta green ground beetle, San

Joaquin kit fox or a dunes evening primrose, you will be able to showcase your artistic skill while learning about the Delta’s endangered species.

The contest is open to students from kindergarten to 12th grade, in various categories. No photos or computer-generated art will be accepted. See the list of the Delta’s endangered species and complete contest rules on the DSC website, www.deltasciencecenter.org.

Entries will be exhibited at a May art show celebrating Endangered Species Day. And who knows, your artwork might appear in next year’s DSC calendar!

Delta Weather A Current Affair

Many factors influence weather conditions in the Delta. along with tides and currents, waves add dissolved oxygen to the water to help marine life breathe. Wave action is much like adding a pump to your fish tank. Without its famous winds, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta would be a much different place. The wind currents cause waves in the river as a result of the friction between the moving air molecules and the water surface. Waves are what we see when the wind transfers its energy to the water, making the water appear to move. During winter, when winds are calm and temperatures fall quickly at night, water in the atmosphere condenses to form tule fog — a thick blanket of water vapor that obscures visibility.