News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
October 2011
In This Issue
IMBD 2012 Art Unveiled
Caribbean Events Exceed 18
Bird Educator Course in Florida
Resource Directory Feature
October Super Sales
Odds & Ends
Education Advisory Council Meets
IMBD 2012 Art Unveiled
2012 ArtThe International Migratory Bird Day 2012 art was inspired by Environment for the Americas' work increasing diversity in bird watching and bird conservation.  The work, created by Rafael Lopez, illustrates joy, curiosity, and community.  

As IMBD events are underway in the Caribbean and Latin America, spring migrations seem distant.  Environment for the Americas is already preparing materials for you and your organizations. Once again, you have the opportunity to tell us what you need and to help craft the theme of the 2012 celebration. Take the quick IMBD 2012 survey!

More About Rafael Lopez

IMBD in the Caribbean ~ Over 18 Events!
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Even hurricanes can't stop conservation organizations in the Caribbean.  Over 18 International Migratory Bird Day events are scheduled from Bahamas to Trinidad & Tobago.  Bird walks, school programs, art contests, and more will fill the month of October.  Participants receive Migratory Bird Day materials and a new Migratory Birds of the West Indies coloring book, developed by the SCSCB (Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds).

Coloring Book

Bird Educator Course Moves to St. Marks
St. MarksRegistration is now open for the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) course, Connecting People to Nature through Birds. 
In 2012, it will be held in
March at St. Marks NWR. 

St. Marks is the gateway
to the Florida Birding Trail and home to over 250 bird species.  We're excited to explore the habitats along with our sessions on managing groups, bird conservation, organizing a bird walk, and more.  Click below to register or for more information, contact Michelle Donlan at We hope you join us!

Feature Resource - Project Beak
National AviaryThanks to the National Aviary for sharing their cool, online education materials for kids.  The site is interactive, bright, and explores everything from flight to nests.

The Bird Education Resource Directory is the place to go for education materials focused on birds and bird conservation. It takes less than 5 minutes to register information about your organization and materials, and it's free advertising.
October Super Sale
Check out the sale prices on books, notecards, and now Tweet Homes.  We're getting ready for 2012!

October Super Sale

Odds & Ends
Courses, Conferences, New Resources
Alaska Sealife Center is hiring an education specialist to design and present programs for schools and public audiences.   

Visit Environment for the Americas
at the following Conferences.  We'll have booths and presentations on our project studying Latino participation in Informal Science Education, plus the latest information about IMBD and bird education materials.


 North American Association for Environmental Education 

Oct 11 - 12, Raleigh, North Carolina 


Focus on Diversity

October 22, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 


National Association for Interpretation

Nov 8 - 11, St. Paul, Minnesota


BirdSleuth Ambassador Workshop will be held October 16-18 at Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY.  The 2-day education conference will help educators learn about Cornell's citizen science programs.

BirdSleuth Ambassador


Feral Cat Colonies are a source of rabies, according to American Bird Conservancy.  In addition, cats kill an estimated 500 million birds each year. Read the report for more information and to sign up for an informative webinar.


Cat Colonies and Rabies


The Philadelphia Zoo is hiring a Vice President for Conservation and Education.

 Philadelphia Zoo 


Phone: 1.866.334.3330
EFTA's Education Advisory Council Meets 
Advisory Council

Advisory Council members met in September to review EFTA's research on the barriers to participation in science education by Latino audiences. For the first time, partners from study sites also joined us for lively discussions about research results, the resources organizations need to better reach Latino communities in the U.S., and current research on the topic. 

The culminating product of our work will be an on-line toolkit to help organizations address diversity in their education programs. Development is underway, and you may help with the design and content. Contact Natasha Kerr at to be included in future e-mails.

Pictured above (l to r): 
Mariamar Gutierrez (Intern Liaison), Natasha Kerr (EFTA), Jose Lugo (EFTA), Edwin Juarez (AZ Game & Fish), Fernando Villalba (NPS), Susan Bonfield (EFTA), Gretchen Whitman (NJ Audubon), Carol Beidleman (NPS), Mike Rizo (USFS)

Behind the Rock: Greg Stevens (AAM), Marcella Wells (Wells Consulting), Heather Murphy (WA Study Site), and Kim Ramirez (USFS)
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