Budding bards: Enter the Tampa Bay Estuary Program's Invasive Species Poetry Contest

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Until June 30th, TBEP is taking submissions for the Invasive Species Poetry Contest in Adult and Junior divisions, and the contest is open to any resident of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, Pasco or Polk counties. First place entries in each division will each take home $250.

Poetry submissions can be in the form of a rhyme, haiku, limerick, etc., creativity and originality will is encouraged to impress the judges.

For inspiration, see listings of invasive species on the TBEP's website here. To see the contest rules and to enter your poetry submission visit the TBEP's official contest page: tbep.org/poetrycontest.html.

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If you're a budding bard with a passion for environmental and wildlife issues , then the Tampa Bay Estuary Program's new contest may be right up your alley.

The TBEP contest site states,

"Florida is being overrun by invaders. From voracious Burmese pythons, Bufo toads and lionfish to creeping air potatoes and Brazilian pepper, non-native pests are playing havoc with our habitat. The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) wants you to help us draw attention to invasive plants and animals in a creative way by submitting an original poem in our Invasive Species Poetry Contest."

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