News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
January 2012
In This Issue
Get Ready!
Hot off the Press
Connecting People to Nature
Birds of a Feather
EFTA Continues Diversity Study
Get Ready for the 20th Anniversary

It's International Migratory Bird Day's 20th Anniversary, and we're planning special events, materials, and activities just for you.  To begin, we'll increase our newsletters to include a short update mid-month to be sure you're aware of all the opportunities.  Be sure to keep in touch with us through this newsletter and the Environment for the Americas Facebook and Twitter.  We'll post information about the following events and more:

IMBD poster and T-shirt available to order on-line

IMBD Materials Mini-Grants Applications
Notification of 10 and 20-year IMBD events

IMBD Webinar ~ Ideas for your Event

Watch Twitter for your chance to WIN!

Recognition of IMBD Sponsors

It doesn't end in May.  We're working with ProAves Colombia to host a trip to the Cerulean Warbler Reserve and the largest Migratory Bird Festival in Latin America and more!

Looking for some new activities for your program or event?  Be sure to visit our website for the latest in promotional and educational materials.        

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Hot Off the Press for IMBD 2012
2012 Tshirt
Get ready for IMBD 2012 - the 20th Anniversary!  Hot off the press is the IMBD t-shirt, captured on video so that you may see the process.

Connecting People to Nature Course

In just two months, EFTA staff will teach the NatioWood Storknal Conservation Training Center (NCTC) course, Connecting People to Nature through Birds. Thereare just a few places left for participants.  The course will be held from March 12 - 16, 2012, in beautiful St. Marks NWR. 

This course promises to be one of the best ever, with abundant bird life, numerous trails, and habitat for more than 250 bird species. Click below to register or for more information, contact Michelle Donlan at We hope you join us!
Resource Highlight ~ Birds of a Feather

Bird Studies Canada shared their stewardship guide, Healthy Beaches and Dunes for Tomorrow, on the Bird Education Resource Directory. The guide is colorful and provides practical solutions for conserving beach habitats and the birds that depend on them.

The Bird Education Resource Directory is the best place to promote your materials and programs and to help others find bird-focused resources.  Submitting your information takes only a few minutes.  The Directory's search tools make finding new resources a breeze. 

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
EFTA Diversity Study
Engaging Latinos in Informal Science Education

EFTA's research and work improving Latino participation is entering its 3rd and final year.  In 2012, interns from Latin America and California will work at Muir Woods National Monument, Fire Island National Seashore, and Bandelier National Monument to engage Latino audiences in International Migratory Bird Day events and other activities.


While working with these sites, EFTA staff will be developing an on-line Toolkit to help organizations explore ways to improve their outreach to Latino communities.  The Toolkit will include case studies, example of materials, publications, and an on-line diversity awareness quiz. 


If you want more information about EFTA's diversity work, write us at to receive the Connecting Cultures newsletter.


This project is funded by:
National Science Foundation
Science Foundation

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