All contest entries in this digital art category must be created on a computer and MUST be inspired by a wildlife species from this checklist. If a background is included in the piece, it should represent the creature’s natural habitat (local forest, field, or river). The animal should be the focal point of the art, though plants from the same habitat may be included in the piece. It is inappropriate for contest entries to include humans interacting with or handling animals; creatures should not be depicted in a classic human setting such as on a road, in a house or car, on a porch, or at a picnic table or tent. Please remember that a contest goal is to teach people about the region's diverse natural ecology and the wildlife that lives here through art. This list highlights 52 wildlife species of the New River Gorge. Some live here year-round, some take up residence here only during certain seasons of the year, while others pass through in route to other seasonal homes. This species list is a small sample of the over 38 reptiles, 48 amphibians, 65 mammals, 90 fish, 250 birds, and hundreds of insect species that walk on the land, swim in the waters, and fly in the air in this area of the central Appalachian Mountains.Twenty pieces of digital art in this category will be selected for this year's contest exhibit, five works from each grade group.
Amphibians and Reptiles
Insects and Spiders
Fish and Crayfish
Last updated: November 23, 2020