Marin County Parks is sponsoring a contest to name the hawk featured in its new logo identity.
The winner will receive a one-year family membership to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2011. The winner will be announced by November 1, 2011.
Formerly, the Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space, the organization decided on a name change to clarify that it is one department with two types of land for public enjoyment -- "parks" and "open space preserves."
According to the department, the new logo tagline reflects the distinction of "preservation" and "recreation" uses of the county's public lands.
Marin County Parks will be rebranding signage, websites, newsletters and vehicles with the new logo and name over the coming months.
According to Marin County Parks website, the hawk was chosen for the newly created logo because, "the hawk is a benevolent observer of humans and landscapes, a common sight on fence posts and treetops throughout Marin. She thrives in both human and wild environments. Unlike other wild animals that live near human settlements, the hawk maintains complete autonomy. Her adaptability is a metaphor for the symbiotic relationship among the county's divisions of Parks, Landscape Services, and the Open Space District."
To enter the contest, participants can send an e-mail to Open Space Planner Cristina Torresan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Label the subject line of the e-mail, Name the Hawk Contest. Include the following in your e-mail:
- Proposed name for hawk
- Your name
- Your address
- Your phone number
Persons under the age of 18 can participate with the expressed written consent of their parent or legal guardian and need to complete the official entry form and mail or hand-deliver the form to Marin County Parks, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 260, San Rafael, CA 94903.
The official entry form and complete contest rules are located to the right of this article in the photo, video & .pdf section.