News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
February 2010
In This Issue
PIF Celebrates 25 Years
Donate a Bird Guide
The Peregrine Fund
Join EFTA on Facebook
Odds & Ends
Reaching Latino Audiences
PIF Celebrates 25 Years
PIF logoPartners in Flight (PIF) is one of the largest bird conservation partnerships.  It is an effort of numerous agencies, organizations, and individuals created to address declines in landbird populations.  Launched in 1990, it celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2010, complemented by the IMBD theme of the Power of Partnerships.  We've helped PIF create a special 20th anniversary pin (at left).  If your organization is interested in making these available, please write or for information.

Share the Joy of Birding ~ in Spanish
KaufmanEnvironment for the Americas, Kenn Kaufman, and Black Swamp Bird Observatory have teamed up to help put the Kaufman bird guide in Spanish, Guia de campo a las aves de norteamerica, into the hands of Spanish speakers.  Donate one of the guides for only $12, and it will be distributed to partner organizations that work with Latino audiences. You will be recognized as a donor on a nameplate on the inside front cover.
Power of Partnerships: The Peregrine Fund
Peregrine FundCheck the EFTA website regularly for new information about IMBD 2010.  Regular updates include information and activities highlighting each species illustrated in the annual art and the partners that have worked for their conservation.

The Peregrine Fund is one excellent example.  The organization was created to stop declines of peregrines caused by the use of DDT.  Years later, Peregrine Falcon has been removed from the Endangered Species list, but the organization continues its partnerships and conservation efforts to protect other birds of prey. Learn more about the Peregrine Fund and find an activity to share in your education programs.
Follow EFTA ~ Facebook and Blogging
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. Become a Facebook fan and learn about what's going on in the world of bird conservation education, share photos of your event, and find out the most current EFTA news.  Wood Duck art by Robert Petty.
Odds & Ends
Courses, Conferences, New Resources
Good News for Environmental Literacy
Did you hear the good news? Obama's proposed budget includes significant funding for environmental literacy. Visit this link to learn more!

Join us JuneBear River 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.

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Reaching Latino Audiences
Analyzing Survey Results
In Washington, Latino participants in our survey indicate that they are not aware of a large, local bird festival. Analysis of our research to identify the barriers to Latino participation in science education has begun.  These results will help us and our partners better reach this audience. If you want to keep up with our results, sign up for Connecting Cultures newsletters by emailing
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