It's Time To Build Birdhouses!

The Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit has been postponed.  Birdhouses already received will be saved until we decide upon new dates for this event.

The Ogden Nature Center presents its 27th Annual Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit.

The competition encourages creative, functional, environmentally friendly & durable backyard habitats for birds.  The Nature Center's Birdhouse Trail is lined with whimsical, classy, and creative birdhouses. All ages may enter up to two birdhouses, and there is no entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded and several of the birdhouses will be chosen to be displayed along birdhouse trail through the summer months. Please read more for contest details, birdhouse specs and an official entry form.


How to Enter

Once new dates for the competition and exhibit have been determined, you will bring your birdhouses with a completed entry form to the Nature Center. Open 9-5 Monday-Friday and 9-4 Saturday. A maximum of two entries per participant may be entered. No entry fee required.

Sponsored by

Weber County R.A.M.P., Zions Bank, Ogden City Arts, Jack and Jodi Livingood, Pat & Glen Richter, Robin & Brad Farr Family, Bloom Recyclers, Wasatch Audubon Society, Booth Dental Clinic, Jeremiah's Restaurant, Ogden Blue, Wild About Birds, Shepherd's Bush, The Prairie Schooner and the Standard Examiner.

Entry Form

Choose a category:

___ Artistic/Imaginative

___ Best use of Recycled Materials

___ Functional/Best for Birds

___ Well Built


And choose an age category:

___ Children 12 & under (assisted & unassisted)

___ Young adults ages 12-17

___ Group project all ages

___ Adults ages 18+



Name of Parent (if child is entering):




Title of Work:

Materials Used:

Price/Value: ______  

For sale?   __Yes  __No

Are there any details about your birdhouseyou would like the judges to know about?


Competition Goals 

The goals of this birdhouse competition and exhibit are to:

  • Encourage construction of functional and aesthetically pleasing birdhouses

  • Encourage the use of environmentally sensitive materials

  • Demonstrate ways to attract wildlife by creating unique backyard habitats

  • Inspire creativity in backyard habitats

  • Encourage artistic and hand-crafted approaches to birdhouse design

Entrants may visit the Ogden Nature Center to look at the installation site and to research birdhouse styles. Ogden Nature Center has several resources on creative birdhouses and construction requirements to attract a variety of birds.

Also, here is a very helpful guide for birdhouse sizes -- which includes suggestions for appropriate floor size, entry hole size, depth and hanging/mounting height for specific birds commonly found in our area.  These are very specific specifications, but ultimately they will result in birds nesting in your houses!


• This year, we will not hold an awards ceremony on site, but will announce winners via social media, a press release, and on our website.

• An interdisciplinary jury will select several entries in all categories: adult, children and family/team.  Top winners will receive cash awards.

• Special awards will be given for entries which are well designed as homes for birds and incorporate recyclable and recycled materials and nontoxic finishes.

• Exhibitors whose works are chosen for the exhibit may designate whether their works are for sale.  All works must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit through June 27, 2020. Entries left at the Nature Center after that date will be considered a donation. Ogden Nature Center will not charge commission on pieces sold. 

• In an effort to keep quality birdhouses parmanently displayed at the Nature Center, the top birdhouse builder will be awarded a "commission award" of $200 cash, and in addition, the Nature Center will offer to purchase the birdhouse or have the builder create another, with a commission of $200.

Exhibit Guidelines

Exhibitors may submit up to two individual pieces.  All birdhouses must be original works created by the exhibitor. Commercially produced birdhouses or assembled kits will not be accepted.  Ogden Nature Center reserves the right to refuse submissions. There is no fee for entering. The event judges will select which birdhouses are accepted into the 2020 exhibit.  A limited number of entries will be accepted for the exhibit due to space restrictions.         

Size limitations: The base of the birdhouse may not exceed 24" square.  The height of the birdhouse may not exceed 36" tall, not including the post.

No propane tanks this year.

Consider DURABILITY when designing your creation.

The Ogden Nature Center encourages the use of recycled, reclaimed or sustainable building materials.  Please consider the environment when choosing your materials.

All birdhouses must be freestanding and ready for installation outdoors. You must perch your birdhouse on the end of a post or attach a sturdy hanger.   We will install birdhouses on posts at a depth of 1-2 feet.


Ogden Nature Center is a secure facility with chain link fencing surrounding the property.  However, exhibitors are reminded that birdhouses will be installed outdoors in a nature preserve.  Works will be subject to wind, rain, sun and severe weather, not to mention an occasional "avian guano bombing" by one of our resident "fly-bys" such as songbirds, hawks, or Canada Geese.  Also, most birdhouses are displayed within reach of visitors and the trail is not monitored.  By entering the exhibition, the exhibitor accepts responsibility for displaying his or her birdhouse under these conditions. Works are not insured, and the Ogden Nature Center accepts no responsibility for loss,  theft or damage.

Important Dates

Entries received:

We have postponed receiving birdhouses until our buildings re-open.  We will post new dates here, once they have been determined.

966 W. 12th St., Ogden, Utah

Monday -Friday,  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday,  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Awards will be announced via social media, and on our website.  We will also send out a press release.

Judges for 2020:

• Deb Marin, paints a wide variety of subjects in oil with an emphasis on landscapes.  She particularly enjoys painting on location in both northern and southern Utah.  Deb has a Bachelors in Art from Southern Utah University. Previous exhibits include Gallery 25, Eccles Art Center, Art at the Main, Bella Muse and Weber County Library.  Deb is also an amateur birder and member of the Wasatch Audubon Society.  

• Arlo Wing is Assistant Wetlands Manager of the Salt Creek PSG, managing habitat improvement and water and facilities management.

• Wendy Buehler is a two term past ONC Board Member. She is an Ogden local and for twenty-four years has operated her own business as a personal trainer. She is also an elementary teacher, and enjoys drawing, painting, and being in the mountains.

Exhibition on display:

Summer, 2020