An illustrated book cover showing a goose and swirling sea grass. The title reads "Suzie and the Eelgrass Geese"

World Seagrass Day Book Giveaway

A celebration of World Seagrass Day 2022

Join us in a celebration of World Seagrass Day 2022 by entering an original photo of seagrass OR by sharing your favorite seagrass fact in your own words using the entry form below. Winners will receive a copy of Suzie and the Eelgrass Geese autographed by the author. The book was written by Bodega Marine Laboratory alumna Dr. Nicole Kollars, edited by Carolyn Sotka, and beautifully illustrated by Allison Simler-Williamson. You can learn more about it here.

Contest entries will be accepted from 2/28/2022 at 9:00am PT through 3/4/2022 at 5:00pm PT. This giveaway is open to UC Davis affiliates and non-affiliates of all ages who are residents of the United States. One winning photo entry and one winning text entry will be selected by our panel of judges, for a total of two winners.

See full contest rules and conditions below.

Contest Terms and Conditions:


The UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute’s World Seagrass Day 2022 Book Giveaway Contest is open to residents of the United States. Entrants may be of any age and do not need to be affiliated with UC Davis to enter. This giveaway is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and void where prohibited by law.


The sponsor is the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute located at 1347 Storer Hall, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616. Sponsor will conduct the contest as described in these Official Rules.

Agreement to Rules:

By entering this contest, the Entrant (you) agrees to abide by the Sponsor's Official Rules and decisions, which are fully and unconditionally binding in all respects. The Sponsor reserve the right to refuse, withdraw, or disqualify any entry at any time at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. By entering this contest, the Entrant represents and warrants that you are eligible to participate based on eligibility requirements explained in the Official Rules. You also agree to accept the decisions of the Sponsor as final and binding as it relates to the content of this contest.

Promotion Period:

This promotion begins on 2/28/2022 at 9:00am PT and ends on 3/4/2022 at 5:00pm PT. To be eligible for the contest, entries must be received within the specified Entry Period.

How to Enter:

Eligible entrants can enter The UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute’s World Seagrass Day 2022 Book Giveaway Contest by submitting an entry via our website at the following URL: As a participant, your entry must fully meet all contest requirements, as specified in the Official Rules, in order to be eligible to win a prize. Incomplete entries or those that do not adhere to the Official Rules or specifications will be disqualified at the Sponsor's sole discretion.


The Winner(s) of the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute’s World Seagrass Day 2022 Book Giveaway Contest will receive one hardcover copy of the book Suzie and the Eelgrass Geese, written by Nicole Kollars, edited by Carolyn Sotka, and illustrated by Allison Simler-Williamson, which retails for $20.00 (USD), plus shipping costs, which will be provided by the contest sponsor. The actual/appraised prize value may differ at the time the prize is awarded. The prize(s) shall be determined solely by the Sponsor. There shall be no cash or other prize substitution permitted except at the Sponsor’s discretion. The prize is non-transferable. The Winner, upon acceptance of the prize, is solely responsible for all expenses related to the prize, including without limitation any and all local, state, and federal taxes. The Winner shall not transfer assignment of the prize to others, nor shall the Winner request the cash equivalent or prize substitution. By accepting the prize, the selected Winner grants permission for the Sponsor to use the Winner’s likeness, entry, and name for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation unless prohibited by law.


The total number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.

Social Media:

This contest, hosted by the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with by any social media network, including Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Selection and Notification of Winner(s):

The Winner will be selected by a panel of judges under supervision of the Sponsor. The Sponsor will notify the Winner(s) by email within five days following Winner selection. The Sponsor is not responsible for nor shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to email security settings that may cause notifications to be marked as spam or junk email. Nor shall be Sponsor be liable for the Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the Winner 1) fails to claim the prize within 14 from the time the award notification was sent, 2) is found ineligible, or 3) does not complete and return an executed declaration and release within the specified timeframe, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner may be selected. Receipt of the prize by the Winner is upon the condition of compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. IF THE WINNER VIOLATES ANY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES, THE WINNER (AT THE SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL BE DISQUALIFIED, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

Rights Granted by You:

By submitting an entry (e.g., text, video, photo, etc.) into this contest, You understand and agree that the Sponsor, any individual acting on the Sponsor’s behalf, and the licensees successors, and assigns of the Sponsor shall, where permitted by law, have the right to print, publish, broadcast, distribute and use in any media known now or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, worldwide, and without limitation, your submission, name, photo, portrait, voice, likeness, image, statements about the contest, and your biographical information for news, publicity, advertising, promotional purposes, trade, information, and public relations without any further notice, review, consent, compensation, or remuneration. Contest entries must be original work and may not violate anyone’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. Any entry found to infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others is subject to disqualification and will be solely responsible for defending or settling against any claims that result at their sole expense. Entrants shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Sponsor from any suit.

Terms & Conditions:

In its sole discretion, the Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute’s World Seagrass Day 2022 Book Giveaway Contest should non-authorized human intervention, a bug or virus, fraud, or other causes beyond the Sponsor’s control, impact or corrupt the security, fairness, proper conduct, or administration of the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute’s World Seagrass Day 2022 Book Giveaway Contest. The Sponsor, in the event of any of the above issues, may determine the Winner based on all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by the Sponsor. Individuals who tamper with or attempt to tamper with the operation or entry process of the contest or website or violates these Terms & Conditions will be disqualified by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. In its sole discretion, the Sponsor has the right to maintain the integrity of the contest, to void entries for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Attempts by any entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the contest may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. If any such attempt is made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Limitation of Liability:

Your entry into this contest constitutes your agreement to release and hold harmless the Sponsor and its subsidiaries, representatives, affiliates, partners, advertising and promotion agencies, successors, agents, assigns, directors, employees, and officers against and from any and all claims, liability, illness, injury, death, litigation, loss, or damages that may occur, directly or indirectly from participation in the contest and/or the 1) Winner accepting, possessing, using, or misusing of any awarded prize or any portion thereof; 2) any type of technical failure; 3) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, phone, or Internet service; 4) unauthorized intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; 5) electronic error or human error in the Promotion administration or the processing of entries.


THIS CONTEST IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CALIFORNIA, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. The Entrant agrees, as a condition of participating in this promotion, that if any disputes cannot be resolved between the Entrant and the Sponsor, and if causes of action arise out of or are connected with this contest, they shall be individually resolved exclusively before a court located in California having jurisdiction, without resorting to any form of class action. Under no circumstances in any such dispute shall the participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this contest. The participant waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

Privacy Policy:

Information submitted with an entry is subject to the UC Davis Information Privacy Policy.

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