News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
December 2009
In This Issue
EFTA Launches Web Site
2010 Poster Design
Yucatán Hosts IMBD
Join EFTA on Facebook
Odds & Ends
Shop on our New Website
EFTA Launches New Web Site
Bird Tree w/IMBDIt's up!  Environment for the Americas' new web site is a dream come true, thanks to the hard work of webmaster Sam Crowe, organizer and editor Hilary Chapman, shopping cart expert Erin Gibbs, and graphic designer Genevieve Margherio.  We're still at the same web address (, but you will love the ease of finding information about EFTA projects and purchasing education materials.  We're still hard at work adding information and appreciate your notifying Hilary at if you have any suggestions or comments. Take a moment to check it out!
High Voter Turn-out for 2010 Poster
Poster VotesBecause so many of you responded to the opportunity to vote on the 2010 IMBD poster design, we had to offer two surveys.  The 336 votes received indicate that the black poster is the favored, with 198 people selecting it as their top choice.  Burrowing Owl took the lead as a species that should be included on the 2010 t-shirt, with 203 votes.  Thanks again for helping design International Migratory Bird Day.  
Niños y Crías Celebrates IMBD
NinosyCriasNiños y Crías (Kids & Critters) is a non-profit environmental education organization in Yucatán, Mexico.  Their second IMBD event focused on birdwatching activities with youth and their mothers.  A mini-birdathon sparked a bit of competition! 
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Stay Up-to-Date on Plans for 2010
Wood DuckYou don't have to wait for this monthly newsletter to keep up with Environment for the Americas, IMBD 2010, or the 20th Anniversary of Partners in Flight. You may become a Facebook fan and learn about what's going on in the world of bird conservation education and see the latest additions to the IMBD art, such as the Wood Duck (at right) by Robert Petty.  Be sure to check out our new Blog, where people are sharing their stories about the early days of Partners in Flight...where were you in the 1990's? 

Odds & Ends
Courses and Conferences
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 is at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City, Utah from June 21-25, 2010..  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. This course is a great way for educators to learn how to incorporate birds and bird conservation into their activities.  It is not a bird i.d. course, and we'll focus on about one dozen species to teach the basics of bird watching.
Bird Course Moves to Utah

Migratory Bird Conservation: A Trust Responsibility is a course for biologists and natural resource professionals interested in learning the technical aspects of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  The course will be held February 22-26, 2010, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

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One of the many improvements to EFTA's new web site is the shopping cart.  Shopping for education materials is much improved with a more advanced system and better organization.  Many of our education materials are also great holiday gifts, so be sure to check out our bird puzzles, journals, binocular bag and more when selecting gifts for your the bird watchers in your life!
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