News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
February 2012
In This Issue
IMBD 2012 Planning
DoD-PIF Joins Program Sponsors
Caribbean Events Exceed 18
Bird Educator Course Full!
Resource Directory Feature
Odds & Ends
Celebrating 20 Years of IMBD

BuyBirdFriendlyGET READY for 2012!
If you are hosting a spring International Migratory Bird Day event, it is time to start planning!  We have all the tools you need to announce your program, provide activities, and set your agenda.This is your opportunity to reach new people and spread the word about bird conservation.
What is Available?  New materials are added to our website each month, and we will continue sharing new ideas with you. Here is just a snapshot of what you will find. The art above was created by Rafael Lopez, to highlight 20 ways YOU can conserve birds and teach others to do the same.  Look for the art on our website and in our education materials.
20 Ways to Help Birds PowerPoint Presentation
Go Birding Geocache
Bird Day Flyers
IMBD Event Ideas 


International Migratrory Bird Day

Title Sponsors

Thank you for placing an order at! If you need to reach us for any reason, you can contact us through our home page or by phone at toll free 888-985-2473. 

DoD-PIF Joins Program Sponsors
Department of Defense, Partners in Flight has supported International Migratory Bird Day for many years. In 2012, they have joined our Program Sponsors.This support helps improve our outreach, enables staff to spend more time communicating with sites, provides materials to events, and makes sure the website is up-to-date with plenty of materials for host organizations. In addition, DoD will sponsor a Walk on the Wild Side, a walkathon for conservation -- more news to come! DoD PIF joins Bureau of Land Managment and National Science Foundation. Many thanks for your support!
IMBD in the Caribbean ~ Over 18 Events!

International Migratory  Bird Day coordinators in the Caribbean have begun sending us reports from their events. Angela Ramsey of Tobago's Department of Natural Resources and the Environment provided programs to students at three schools.  She used EFTA's Jr. Birder journal and provided field trips to wetlands to learn about migratory birds.   

Connecting People to Nature - CLASS FULL!
Brown PelicanThe National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) course, Connecting People to Nature through Birds is full!  We're looking forward to working with participants, who will learn about bird identification, tools for teaching others about birds, how to lead a bird walk, and much more.

The course will be held from March 2012,  in beautiful St. Marks NWR. In addition to seeing lots of birds, we're looking forward to manatee sitings, a boat ride, and a bird banding demonstration.  If you can't make the 2012 course, join us for 2013!
Feature Resource - New Jersey Curricula

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife has a variety of education materials focusing on many topics, including hunting, species recovery programs, and a Raptor Study Lesson Plan.  Their web site includes lots of downloadable materials and great ideas.

If you're looking for more 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 is free advertising. 
We are sending IMBD 2012 catalogs, but help us reduce paper use by shopping online. The annual poster, t-shirt, and more are easy to find, and you can order in many quantities.
Odds & Ends
Courses, Conferences, New Resources
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has paid internship positions to work with their Bridging the Americas/Unidos por las Aves program.  For more information, contact Mary Deinlein at

U.S. Geological Survey
is hiring a full-time coordinator in Reston, VA for its bureau-wide youth initiative program, which provides jobs, internships, career, and education opportunities for youth.                                                    Youth Initiative Coordinator

Urban EE Collective
is a place to share ideas and knowledge in a collaborative process.    


Audubon Society of Portland is hiring a Community/Social Media Manager to promote its stories through networking and grassroots marketing efforts. 

                                                  Social Media Manager 


Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is recruiting an educator and volunteer naturalists for their Brighton, Colorado location.  Contact Kacie at for more information.


Bird Sleuth is offering a workshop for informal educators who want to become BirdSleuth Ambassadors. 


BirdSleuth Ambassador Workshop 

Feb 16 - 17, Florida


Measuring Environmental Education is an 12-week online course designed to help participants identify the outcomes of environmental education.

Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes


Young Professional Presentation Award recognizes early-career ornithological researchers for outstanding contributions to ornithology. Applications are due February 29, 2012. 

Young Professional Award

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Cindy Moreno Reaches Latino Families in California
Cindy Moreno

Environment for the Americas welcomes its newest intern, Cindy Moreno.  Cindy is an environmental studies student at San Jose State College.  With support from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she is working with Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  Her focus is to reach Latino families near the refuge and provide education about the importance of the refuge to shorebirds and the factors that affect shorebird populations. 

This work is part of EFTA's growing efforts to increase diversity in education, research, and conservation on national lands and with other organizations.
To learn more about this project, sign up for the Connecting Cultures newsletter by sending an E-mail to:

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation
Quick Links 

facebookour Facebook for regular updates.

IMBD Themes:
Past & Present

Bird Day Event Ideas

Connecting Cultures
News from the Flyway
Environment for the Americas brought to you by Environment for the Americas, home of International Migratory Bird Day. Learn more at
Join Our Mailing List