Connecting Cultures: Engaging Latinos in Science Education
Connecting Cultures Newsletter 
from Environment for the Americas
April 2010
In This Issue
Project Participants
Washington Surveys Completed
Data Analysis Continues
Calendar of Events
Project Participants

Colorado State University
National Park Service
Point Reyes Bird Observatory
New Jersey Audubon Society
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Barr Lake State Park

Wendy Hanophy
Edwin Juarez
  Arizona Game & Fish Department
Kim Ramirez
  Audubon Fellow
Michael Rizo
  USDA Forest Service
Greg Stevens
  American Association of Museums
Fernando Villaba
  National Park Service

Bandelier National Monument
  New Mexico
Golden Gate Nat'l Recreation Area/Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore
Fire Island National Seashore
  New York
North Cascades National Park
New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route
  New Jersey
Barr Lake State Park

Great Sand Dunes National
Park & Preserve
Big Thicket National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve

CO-Principal Investigator
Carol Beidleman
  National Park Service, Park Flight 
  Migratory Bird Program


Mariamar Gutiérrez

Brett Bruyere
Marcella Wells

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Environment for the Americas is examining the barriers to participation in natural science programs by Latino/Hispanic audiences in a 3-year project funded by the National Science Foundation. In 2009, using International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) as the focus of the study, we conducted community surveys at 6 sites across the U.S., monitoring attendance at IMBD events and developing tools to help educators improve their outreach. In 2010, we are working with event organizers to implement the recommendations of survey respondents to improve outreach to Latino/Hispanich communities. Thanks for your interest in our work!
Susan Bonfield
Susan Bonfield
Environment for the Americas
CynthiaDaniel Mendez of Mexico City

Leavenworth Bird Fest Reaches Out to Latino Communities

Daniel Mendez is the 2010 Park Flight Migratory Bird Program intern at North Cascades National Park in Washington.  Immediately after arriving from Mexico on April 11, he began his work collaborating with organizers of the Leavenworth Bird Fest.  His goal is to adapt program activities and promotional materials to better reach Latino/Hispanic communities.  Daniel has also already been on local radio and taken part in a bird survey.

Special thanks to the Icicle Creek Music Center, which worked with Environment for the Americas to provide lodging for Daniel during his first month. Daniel is comfortably housed in a beautiful cabin in Leavenworth, Washington. For more information about this beautiful Center, visit:
Natasha Kerr Joins EFTA Staff
Brings expertise to Organization ProjectsBird tree

This project has required intensive work at six study sites across the United States. Natasha Kerr has joined our staff to assist with all aspects of the project, including conducting final community surveys, gathering event participation surveys at study and control sites, and supporting overall project organization.

Natasha comes to us with considerable experience working with Latino communities in Colorado and is a fluent Spanish speaker. Welcome Natasha!
Calendar of Events

April 2010:
April 11 ~ Park Flight Migratory Bird Program intern Daniel Mendez arrives to work with North Cascades National Park and the Leavenworth Bird Festival.

April 17 ~ Big Cypress National Preserve hosts an IMBD event in Florida.

April 24 ~ Fire Island National Seashore hosts a Jr. Ranger Day.

April 27 ~ Advisory Council holds quarterly conference call.

About Environment for the Americas

Environment for the Americas, home of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), is a non-profit organization working to increase awareness of birds and their conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere. We provide the framework and education materials for bird festivals and events, host a directory of bird education resources, offer bird workshops for educators, and motivate people of all ages to get outdoors to learn about birds. Find out more at

Environment for the Americas
Home of International Migratory Bird Day

2129 13th Street, Suite I
Boulder, Colorado 80302