News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
April 2011
In This Issue
Journal Prints Again
Walk on the Wild Side Takes Off
Learning to Teach About Birds
Odds & Ends
Map your Event!
Jr. Birder Journal Prints Again

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The IMBD 2011 Education booklet is designed for new, young birders and may be used alone or to complement activities at an event.  In just one month, we have distributed 5,000 and are printing more.  The pocket-sized activity booklet is interactive and includes basic information about birds, birdwatching, and bird conservation.  It's available in English and Spanish.


The IMBD 2011 tshirts are also getting some rave reviews, such as the one below from long-term Migratory Bird Day supporter Chris Eberly.


Wow, they are AWESOME! That color [red] is the best shirt color IMBD has had yet.

Order your IMBD Materials! 

IMBD Incorporates Walk on the Wild Side
WildSide This spring is the launch of Environment for the Americas' newest program, Walk on the Wild Side.  Walk on the Wild side is the first international walkathon for conservation, and it's being piloted in Colorado and Ohio this spring. 

Like any other walkathon, Walk on the Wild Side gets community members involved in raising funds for a purpose.  At Magee Marsh in Ohio and Walden Ponds in Colorado, walkers will raise funds to improve bird habitat at these important breeding, wintering, and stopover sites.  At the same time, participants will be treated to a variety of education stations about birds and their conservation.

Even if you don't live near the Walks, contribute by becoming a virtual walker.  And if you do live in the area, get involved!

Walk on the Wild Side

Connecting People to Nature Through Birds

NestboxLooking for some new teaching tips?  Ever feel like you don't know birds well enough to include them in your education programs?  Environment for the Americas has the privilege of working with staff at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center Division of Education Outreach to lead a 4-day course called Connecting People with Nature through Birds.

The purpose of this course is to help educators, biologists, and volunteers gain confidence and skills in connecting people with birds through a variety of bird-focused programs. Every level of birder can gain new techniques, ideas, and activities. This is NOT a bird identification course.  Rather, we focus on about a dozen species for practicing birding skills and teaching techniques.

The full 4-day course is scheduled for June 6-9, 2011 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.

 Register for the Course


Do you work or volunteer with US Fish and Wildlife Service?  If so, you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Friends of the NCTC Scholarship Program to attend the course.   

Learn about Scholarships

Odds & Ends
Courses, Conferences, New Resources
The Forum is our new location for jobs, education and event videos, ideas, and more.    

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Is Your IMBD Event 10+ Years?

Please contact if you have been hosting an IMBD event for 10 or more years.  We want to recognize your hard work and commitment by sending your organization a certificate of appreciation.

Make Spanish Bird Guides available!  Black Swamp Bird Observatory helps make bird guides available to groups working with Spanish speaking audiences.  Make a donation today!

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Phone: 1.866.334.3330

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IMBD 2011 Bookmarks


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 Use the IMBD 2011 PowerPoint Presentation  


 Find Lots of Free, Downloadable Materials  


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