News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
July 2010
In This Issue
IMBD Spring Results
Festivals Reach Out
Connecting People to Nature
Odds & Ends
America's Best Idea
IMBD 2010 Spring Participation
Congratulations to all of you who hosted an IMBD event, volunteered at one, or participated in the festivities.  Your efforts are an important part of making our communities more aware of birds and their conservation.  Over 400 IMBD events were held this spring, and once again, we anticipate over 450 events will be held by year's end.  Here are just a few highlights from the spring festivities:

The Downtown Neighborhood Association in Green Bay, Wisconsin unanimously passed a resolution recognizing International Migratory Bird Day in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Downtown Neighborhood Assoc.

The Hocking Valley Birding Trail hosted a weekend of activities that focused on introducing youth ages 3 - 11 to birds.  Programs for schools, bird walks, and even a canoe float were part of the festivities.       Hocking Hills IMBD

Libraries have joined the IMBD fun, and St. Johns County Public Library in Florida was one of the first.  This year, they collaborated with the Jacksonville Zoo's Outreach Staff to offer book lovers information about birds.  St. Johns Library

IMBD isn't over yet!  Events are still taking place over the summer and more are planned for the fall in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America.  Be sure to map your event and share your results with us.  Map Your Event
Festivals Reach Out to Latino Communities
HarborFest EFTA is working at six sites across the U.S. to examine how to improve outreach to Latino communities and increase Latino participation in events, such as IMBD.  In 2010, we helped provide this outreach in many ways, including announcements in Spanish on radio stations and in local Spanish language newspapers.  Participation surveys are helping us identify who comes to IMBD events and how they learn about them.  For more information about this three-year study and to receive the project newsletter, please write sbonfield@aol.com.
Connecting People to Nature Through Birds
Course Photo The National Conservation Training Center's Connecting People to Nature through Birds course was hosted June 21-24 at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City, Utah.  The days were full, and one participant commented, "I'm so tired, but excited to use all this information."  Learning to use field guides, identify birds, and lead a bird walk are important components of this course.  The pelicans, cranes, waterfowl, and songbirds at the refuge made learning these skills easy.  Dates and location for 2011 will be announced as soon as they are available.
Odds & Ends
Courses, Conferences, New Resources
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory has two environmental education intern positions available.  Contact Amanda Filipi (amanda.filipi@rmbo.org) for information about the position in Scottsbluff, NE and Cassy Bohnet (cassy.bohnet@rmbo.org) for information about the position in Colorado.

The Montserrat Department of Environment needs a coordinator to oversee its "Reducing the impact of feral livestock in and around the Centre Hills."  The project works to conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods.  For more information, write grayg@gov.ms and submit your application by July 9, 2010.


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EFTA Awarded America's Best Idea Grant
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EFTA and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve were awarded funds from the National Park Foundation's  America's Best Idea Grants to help in our work reaching underserved groups.
Our efforts focus on this unique community in Colorado's San Luis Valley.  Our goal is to raise community awareness of the Park and increase participation in Park activities.
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