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Actress Amy Smart, star of "Just Friends," will help select the winners who will receive trips for four to Washington, DC

OAKLAND, CA, April 17, 2006 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
The bald eagle is back! Why is that important to America? Between now and April 30, kids and adults across the nation are being asked to submit their stories and art answering this question for a chance to win a trip to Washington DC. Visit for details.

Since early February, kids, parents, classrooms, teachers, bird lovers, moms and others have been inspired to enter the Eagles Forever! contest with their essays, poems and artwork. An entire classroom of students in Florida has submitted essays, for example, while a Washington mom and her children have created a poem.

One 8-year-old contestant wrote in his entry, "What good is the beautiful American sky without bald eagles soaring out their strong wings, sliding peacefully through the sky with courage?" A 10-year-old boy shared his belief that "keeping the Endangered Species Act shows that we care about the people of the future, just as when the people who voted to pass the law in 1973 were thinking of us." And, a 49-year-old woman compared the bald eagle's success to America's success, "…given a clean life, the eagle has thrived, not unlike our nation's children; a lesson each American can live by."

The Eagles Forever! contest showcases why Americans believe that preserving the bald eagle, a time-honored American symbol, and other U.S. wildlife treasures is essential for future generations. It takes place as developers and other powerful special interests are urging Congress to drastically weaken the protections that have been provided to America's endangered wildlife, including the bald eagle, for the past 30 years. It also coincides with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed delisting of the bald eagle from the Endangered Species Act.

A panel of distinguished "Eagles Forever!" judges - including Amy Smart, star of "Just Friends"; Kerri Allred, 12, founder of; Sophie McKibben, 12, editor and publisher of Bookworm magazine; and Steve Winter, contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine - will review contest entries and select two winners and four finalists. The winners, one in the story category and one in the artwork category, will receive a trip for themselves and three of their friends or family members to Washington DC. Finalists will receive $200 gift certificates to and a 12-month subscription to National Geographic or NG Kids Magazine.

The contest will culminate with an Endangered Species Act celebration event to be held in Washington DC on Wednesday, June 28, 2006, where contest winners will join Eagles Forever! contest judges and other special guests.

Earthjustice, a non-profit public interest law firm based in Oakland, Calif., is sponsoring the contest.

Renee Kelly
Haberman & Associates
Cat Lazaroff

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