News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
October 2010
In This Issue
Change the Name of IMBD?
Simple Bird Mask Activity
Go Wild, Go Birding!
Raising Funds for Conservation
Odds & Ends
Event Reaches New Audiences
Change the Name of IMBD?
Over 80% of respondents say NO!  We received many comments regarding why IMBD should be kept.  Here are a few:
  • It is inclusive and descriptive, and has history;
  • "International" gives a real sense of cross-border celebration!
  • IMBD is already established.  Please don't change it;
  • It is already a "known brand" that IS recognized;
  • It says it all!
  • IMBD has a well-established history...
Those who voted to change the name stated:
  • It's too long for today's audiences;
  • IMBD is too much of a name;
  • It is not celebrated on just one day.

Thank you for voicing your opinion.  Because of your responses, we will continue to use IMBD.

Simple Bird Mask Activity
BrooklynSimple, inexpensive, fun, and educational - this activity has it all. 
A quick video describes how to teach kids about birds, while making a bird mask. 
IMBD 2011 ~ Go Wild, Go Birding!
student climate change activity booklet Go Wild, Go Birding! is the IMBD 2011 title, chosen to highlight our focus on reaching out to involve new youth and adults in learning about birds, birdwatching, and bird conservation.  The materials we create for the celebration include a youth activity booklet that may be used to complement your event activities.  In addition, we'll highlight other activities designed to engage youth in birdwatching, such as bird clubs and camps.  If you have information to share, please send it our way by writing
Raising Funds for Conservation
Walking EFTA is developing a way for you to incorporate education, conservation, and fundraising into a single activity.  This fall, we will present a national Walk-A-Thon for conservation, providing you and your organization with all the tools you need to host the event.  It will be an ideal addition to your IMBD event.  As we develop the program, we would appreciate your input.  Please take a moment to answer 4 simple questions about this opportunity.
Odds & Ends
Courses, Conferences, New Resources
4-H Center in Columbiana, AL is seeking an Assistant Manager, Education and Programming.  For job specifics, contact Sandra Spencer at 205-669-4241.  For an application, visit their website.

Power of Partnerships Bird Conservation Conference
will be held October 19-21, 2010 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  This is an opportunity to work with colleagues to develop solutions to bird conservation issues through research, monitoring, management, and education, while celebrating 20+ years of bird conservation.  Field trips include coastal and pelagic birding and whale watching.
 Bird Conservation Conference

Generation Hot explores how children born after June 23, 1988 will survive the next 50 years in a changing climate.

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago seeks a Youth and Family Programs Coordinator with a passion for fostering a deeper connection to the natural world.  Send a resume and cover letter to Tiffany Johnson at

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Event Reaches
New Audiences
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO) and Barr Lake State Park held their annual Bird Festival in Colorado on September 11, 2010.  Since early summer, EFTA and RMBO staff have been working in nearby Latino communities to improve awareness of the Park and the event.  Efforts paid off on the day of the event when numbers of Latino families participating in the activities increased noticeably.  Work in the area will continue as we enter the second and third years of our research.

To receive regular updates about this study, please write
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IMBD Themes:
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Connecting Cultures

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