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November 2010
In This Issue
IMBD 2011 Artist Changes
Singing for the Birds
Go Wild, Go Birding!
Odds & Ends
Latino Participation Increases
IMBD 2011 Artist Changes
Due to illness, Dugald Stermer will not be able to complete the 2011 art.  We hope he will have a speedy recovery and will be able to join us in 2012. 

This situation was a "pickle" in which we have never found ourselves.  How would we begin work anew with another artist?  Fortunately, artist John Muir Laws has taken the task with
John Muir Lawsenthusiasm, and we know that his style is well-suited to the goals of Go Wild, Go Birding! 

John is trained as a wildlife biologist and is an associate of the California Academy of Sciences.  He has illustrated books about the natural history of California, producing 2,710 original watercolor paintings.  Equally important, he has a commitment to conservation that led him to create Following Muir's Footsteps, a school-based education program that helps students learn to observe nature by integrating science and art.

We look forward to sharing you designs for the 2011 celebration in the near future.

Singing for the Birds
Happy Bird DayWe stumbled across a priceless memory of Bird Days past when we found the sheet music to Happy Bird Day.  In the 1950's, school children celebrated Bird Day with a school holiday and bird-related activities.  With permission from Alfred Publishing, we are able to provide the sheet music on the web, along with an audio example sung by EFTA staff member Courtney Carlson and her daughter Kaylen.

Remember, we add new education materials to our website each month, in preparation for IMBD.

IMBD 2011 ~ Go Wild, Go Birding!
student climate change activity booklet Go Wild, Go Birding! is the IMBD 2011
theme, and we have lots in store for you.  Be sure to visit our web site regularly to find new activities, downloadable materials, information, and more that you can use to spice up your program or event. 

Currently underway is development of our 24-page youth field and activity journal, a publication that will benefit any young person getting started in birdwatching.  We are also excited to announce that writer and birder extraordinaire, Kenn Kaufman, will be sharing his thoughts about the importance of engaging new bird enthusiasts in the text on the back of the 2011 poster.

Odds & Ends
Courses, Conferences, New Resources
HawkWatch International is seeking a Conservation Scientist  to work in their Salt Lake City, Utah office.  The position requires an MS degree, experience in the field, frequent travel, and more. Visit the HawkWatch website for details. Applications are due November 15, 2010.
Audubon New York's Conservation and Science Department is hiring a Conservation Biologist to develop and implement a conservation program targeting grassland birds. 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology is hiring a full-time project leader for a new three-year, NSF-funded project to create interactive online tools to help the public identify birds.
Project Leader Position

Alliance for Zero Extinction has created a map that illustrates 587 sites where 920 of the world's most endangered wildlife species are restricted. 
View the Map

BirdPosterSaving Birds thru Habitat has a beautiful poster that describes the importance of habitat to birds. 

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Latino Participation at Fall Festival Increases
Bandelier Display
Outreach in Latino communities included displays, presentations, media, and more.
Laila Yunes Jiménez and Andrés Felipe Monroy, NPS Park Flight Migratory Bird Program interns, dedicated many hours reaching out to Latino communities near Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.
Their work was part of EFTA's 3 year study examining the barriers to participation in science education by Latino audiences.

Laila and Andrés' efforts were rewarded this fall, when Latino participation in a nature festival increased from 4.8% in 2009 to 31.6% in 2010.  According to Laila, this project is a great opportunity to learn a lot about birds, environmental education, and culture.

Our study is now in its second year, and we have begun analyzing our data.  The results are already proving very interesting, and we'll continue to share them.  To receive regular updates about this study, please write
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