Convention Pin Contest

For each convention, a pin is selected and given to each participant. Convention pins illustrate the convention year and a bird species appropriate to the convention site. Pin designs are selected by competition and are highly treasured convention souvenirs. Many convention attendees proudly display their colorful collection of pins going back many years.

RULES FOR THE 2021 MOS CONVENTION PIN DESIGN CONTEST

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  • Entrants must be members of MOS. To join MOS, please go to https://mdbirds.org/join/how-to-join/
  • Due to the pandemic, the convention will not be held in-person. Therefore, the usual rule that said the bird must be consistent for the time and location is suspended for this year.  However, the virtual convention will have a theme, Breeding Birds of Maryland.  The bird must be from the list of Maryland breeding birds found in all counties.  Click here to view or download the list.
  • Designs shall include a bird and the phrase vMOS and the year of the convention in four-digit format (i.e, 2021). No other wording can appear on the front of the entry (species, entrant’s name, etc.). Please be sure to include the “v” next to MOS as we are differentiating this pin from other pins since this convention will be virtual.
  • Submission shall be rendered in color as finished artwork and not framed or matted. Submission shall be submitted in “hard copy” (i.e., not submitted electronically)
  • The entrant’s name, address, chapter affiliation, phone number and email address and the species of bird shall be written on the back of each entry.
  • Entrants may not use others’ work or material copyrighted by others.
  • An Entrant may submit more than one design.
  • All entries will be returned to the entrants. By entering the contest entrants agree that if their design wins it becomes the property of MOS, which has the right to use the design to promote the convention and for other MOS promotional and historical uses.
  • The winner will receive several of the finished pins for a personal portfolio.
  • The winner will not announce or mention the results of the contest until he/she is officially announced in The Maryland Yellowthroat or at the convention.

The contest coordinator works closely with the pin company to ensure that the final pin is an accurate representation of the winning entry and of the species depicted. Decisions regarding the company’s draft design are made by the pin contest lead. On rare occasions the company may want us to ask the winning entrant for permission to make minor changes in the design, in order to accommodate the manufacturing process. If the entrant is unwilling to make these minor accommodations, we will select another design.

The deadline for entries will be announced in The Maryland Yellowthroat, and for the 2021 Virtual Convention is March 15, 2021.

The pin contest lead is not one of the judges. The names of the judges are not revealed publicly, and a judge does not know the identities of the other judges.

Send entries to:  Meg Harris, 6400 Ripe Apple Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

If you have questions, please contact Meg Harris at meg.harris@mdbirds.org.

 

Bird Species that Breed in All Maryland Counties

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Acadian Flycatcher Chimney Swift Horned Lark Red-eyed Vireo
American Black Duck Chipping Sparrow House Finch Red-headed Woodpecker
American Crow Common Grackle House Sparrow Red-shouldered Hawk
American Goldfinch Common Yellowthroat House Wren Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel Cooper’s Hawk Indigo Bunting Red-winged Blackbird
American Robin Downy Woodpecker Kentucky Warbler Rock Pigeon
American Woodcock Eastern Bluebird Killdeer Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Bald Eagle Eastern Kingbird Louisiana Waterthrush Scarlet Tanager
Baltimore Oriole Eastern Meadowlark Mallard Song Sparrow
Barn Owl Eastern Phoebe Mourning Dove Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow Eastern Screech-Owl Northern Bobwhite Tufted Titmouse
Barred Owl Eastern Towhee Northern Cardinal Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher Eastern Whip-poor-will Northern Flicker Warbling Vireo
Black Vulture Eastern Wood-Pewee Northern Mockingbird White-breasted Nuthatch
Black-and-white Warbler European Starling Northern Parula White-eyed Vireo
Blue Grosbeak Field Sparrow Northern Rough-winged Swallow Wild Turkey
Blue Jay Fish Crow Orchard Oriole Wood Duck
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Grasshopper Sparrow Ovenbird Wood Thrush
Broad-winged Hawk Gray Catbird Pileated Woodpecker Worm-eating Warbler
Brown Thrasher Great Blue Heron Pine Warbler Yellow Warbler
Brown-headed Cowbird Great Crested Flycatcher Prairie Warbler Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Canada Goose Great Horned Owl Prothonotary Warbler Yellow-breasted Chat
Carolina Wren Green Heron Purple Martin Yellow-throated Vireo
Cedar Waxwing Hairy Woodpecker Red-bellied Woodpecker Yellow-throated Warbler

MOS Annual Convention Pins 1987 to Date

Rob Brownlee-Tamasso

General pin for MOS

Winning artwork entry for Cumberland Convention that was cancelled due to novel corona virus pandemic in 2020. Pin was not produced.

Ikumi Kayama

Ikumi Kayama

Gail Regester

Ellen Lawler

Diane Ford

Diane Ford

Ikumi Kayama

Diane Ford

Diane Ford

Marsha Hunt

Donald G. Jewell

Gemma Radko

Diane Ford

Gail Regester

Teri Christensen

Janet Millenson

Teri Christensen

Ellen Lawler

Suzanne Hasenpusch

Gladys Lambert

Ron Kelczewski

Gladys Lambert

Donald Culbertson

Gemma Radko

Margaret Blair

Margaret Blair

Donald Culbertson

Connie Bockstie

Connie Bockstie

Patricia Moore

Suzanne Probst

Connie Bockstie

Roy Brown

Patricia Moore

Patricia Moore