News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
November 2011
In This Issue
IMBD 20th Anniversary
Walk on the Wild Side Success
Bird Educator Course in Florida
Resource Directory Feature
November Super Sales
Odds & Ends
Latino Participation Increases
Getting Ready for the 20th Anniversary
We have big plans for the 2012 IMBD celebration and 20th Anniversary. Look for new materials and activities each month, plus a mini-newsletter every two weeks to keep you up-to-date and to help you plan your activities.  
You helped us last month by answering a survey about IMBD 2012. Give us a hand in November, so that we can finalize the designs of the annual t-shirt and poster.  Vote for your favorite designs, such as the one featured above, and the final conservation theme slogan.  IMBD is your event!

We've already begun making materials available for your event. Education activities, promotional flyers and more are on their way. Be sure to check in regularly for new items!

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Another Walk on the Wild Side Success

On a beautiful day in early October, walkers gathered at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory for Walk on the Wild Side.  Toddlers took on the 1K trek, while the more mobile walkers were challenged by 5K and 10K hikes along Barr Lake, in Colorado.


The purpose of the walkathon was to raise funds for the Observatory's many conservation education programs, which reach thousands of people every year.  The fundraiser brought in over $4,000 in its first year.  


Interested in hosting a Walk on the Wild Side at your site? Environment for the Americas helps you establish your web site and plan the event, and provides all of the promotional materials and guidance you need.  Contact us at

 Walk on the Wild Side


Walk on the Wild Side is supported by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Connecting People to Nature Course
Snowy EgretRegistration is now open for the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) course, Connecting People to Nature through Birds. The course will be held from March 12 - 16, 2012, in beautiful 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
Twelve simple lessons help families understand threats to birds and simple ways to help birds at home. Activities link to information provided by Partners in Flight, American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon Society, and other organizations.

If you're looking for more great resources like this one, the Bird Education Resource Directory is the place to go. The Directory is also the perfect location to share your education materials and programs. It takes less than 5 minutes to register information about your organization and materials, and it's free advertising. 


November Super Sale
HarperCardinalThe holidays are just around the corner. Get some great deals on wonderful gifts for those birdy loved ones from our online store.  New discounted items include children's books and Charley Harper notecards.  

November Super Sale

Odds & Ends
Courses, Conferences, New Resources
National Audubon Society is hiring a VP Atlantic Flyway and a VP State Executive Director.      

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.

National Association for Interpretation

Nov 8 - 11, St. Paul, Minnesota


Some songbird populations are declining in Wyoming as oil and gas development increase.  Read this recent study from the Wyoming Cooperative and Wildlife Research Unit. 



University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is hiring an Assistant or Associate Professor of Human Dimensions and Natural Resource Management and a Director of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education. 

Associate Professor


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 

Fall Bird Fest at Barr Lake State Park in Brighton, Colorado included bird banding, bird walks, raptor presentations, native dance, food, and fun. This was Environment for the America's 3rd year working with partners at the site to involve Latino residents in the event. Once again, efforts were successful.  Since 2009, event organizers have watched the event become more diverse, better reflecting the composition of nearby towns. In 2009, only 7% of attendees were Latino.  In 2011, 24% were Latino.  Thanks to Jose Lugo, who worked in communities to spread the word about the park and the many education opportunities. 


EFTA's work will continue at three sites in 2012, culminating in an on-line toolkit for educators looking for successful ways to better reach new audiences. Sign up for the project newsletter, by contacting


This project is funded by:
National Science Foundation
Science Foundation

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