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November 2009
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Share Your Partnership Stories
The Winning Tshirt Design
Cuba Celebrates IMBD
Join EFTA on Facebook
Bird Course in Utah
Communities Surveyed in Washington
Share Your Partnership Stories
EFTA Blog Collects Stories
Bird treeWe're preparing for the IMBD 2010 theme, The Power of Partnerships in bird conservation, and we need your stories!  We want to hear about the partnerships that have made your bird conservation efforts successful.  If you have been involved in Partners in Flight (PIF), we also want your tales of the last 20 years of this amazing group.  Join the Blog or send your information to Susan Bonfield at
The Winning T-Shirt Design
The results are in!  Over 50% of respondents (n=106) chose a green t-shirt for IMBD 2010.  Over 60% selected the design that features a row of birds on both the front and back of the shirt as either their favorite or second favorite format.

We're not done yet!  Your response to the t-shirt survey was quick and decisive.  Now we need your help designing the annual International Migratory Bird Poster and selecting the birds for the shirt.  The three poster drafts are available for viewing.  Your vote takes less than 1 minute!
Cuba Celebrates IMBD
Educators in Havana, Cuba hosted 5 IMBD events this fall, reaching diverse audiences.  At a school for the blind, youth and their teachers learned about birds through bird songs.  Senior citizens sang and shared stories during a program focusing on birds in Cuban culture.  Other programs reached biology students at Havana University during a banding demonstration, and elementary and high school students participated in classroom and field programs.
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Visit the IMBD Events Photo Albums
SapsuckerYou don't have to wait for this monthly newsletter to keep up with Environment for the Americas.  Become a Facebook fan and learn about what's going on in the world of bird conservation education.  We also have photo albums featuring some of the highlights of IMBD 2009 and a sneak preview of the 2010 art. 

Connecting People With Nature
Bird Course Heads to Utah
Bear River Join us June 22-25, 2010 at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City, Utah for the Connecting People with Nature bird education course.  We'll be moving from our usual course site in West Virginia and hope some of our partners out west will be able to take part.

The purpose of the course is to help biologists, educators, and volunteers gain confidence and skills in connecting people with birds through a variety of bird focused program, including bird walks,  public bird banding demonstrations, citizen science, and inquiry.  We'll talk about planning and leading these programs and share many activities.  We'll also talk about how to engage local schools and the Latin American community in your area. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a bird i.d. course.  We will focus on about one dozen species to teach the basics of bird watching.

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Surveys Conducted in Latino Communities
Juan Pablo
National Park Service Park Flight Migratory Bird Program Intern Juan Pablo Medina of Mexico traveled in the Washington towns of Chelan, Wenatchee, and Leavenworth conducting surveys with Latino residents.  He describes the Latino community in the state as "awesome"  and more than willing to share their thoughts about
what is needed to increase their participation in nature education.  Juan Pablo's work in the area culminated in a community meeting about the project with attendees from local schools, Federal agencies, and a local Spanish radio station.

EFTA's newest project is a 3-year study to learn how to engage Latino audiences in science education funded by the National Science Foundation.  If you want to follow the project, please email:
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