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April 2012
In This Issue
IMBD 2012 Planning
The Walking Company
Nature Canada Hub for IMBD
Resource Directory Feature
IMBD Webinar
IMBD 2012 Event News

The US Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Forest Service are motivating their partners and field sites to get involved in IMBD and offer new community programs about bird conservation. The successful webinar hosted by USFWS was attended by other 80 people from national wildlife refuge and other organizations.


If you missed that webinar, the USDA Forest Service will be hosting the next one on Thursday, April 5th from 3:30 - 4:30 EST.  Join Kim Winter of the NatureWatch program, Greg Butcher from International Programs, and Susan Bonfield of EFTA.  We'll describe the history of the event, activities you can easily host for IMBD, and the resources that are available to you. To join the webinar, follow the instructions through the link below.  The call-in number is 1-888-858-2144 with passcode 7028722. 

IMBD Webinar 

IMBD Digital Catalog  

IMBD T-shirts: Now in Youth Sizes! 


International Migratory Bird Day 2012

Title Sponsors             Program Sponsors 
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The Walking Company Sponsors Walkathon
walking companyEnvironment for the Americas welcomes The Walking Company as a national sponsor of Walk on the Wild Side.  The Walking Company is a perfect match for a conservation fundraiser, because they are all about walking in comfort -- from brands such as ECCO, ABEO and Dansko.

To help Walk on the Wild Side, The Walking Company is contributing the event t-shirts to all of our 2012 conservation fundraisers.  This means that Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Magee Marsh, and other host sites will receive shirts to give their walkers, raise more funds, and promote their events.  

We have enough shirts to invite another organization to join.  Ready to host your first Walk on the Wild Side?  Contact Eve at

Why host a Walk on the Wild Side? 
  • It's fun and educational;
  • Your participants can give directly to conservation;
  • Youth and adults get outside and enjoy nature;
  • You keep 90% of the funds your organization raises for conservation.  The remaining 10% contribute to the costs of the website and fundraising software. 
Nature Canada hub for Migratory Bird Day

nature canadaNature Canada is a leader in working with people and advocating on behalf of the country's wildlife and habitats. In 2012, the organization will take the lead in promoting International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) throughout Canada and will use the event to reach new audiences, raise awareness and interest in birds and Important Bird Areas, and engage more Canadians in conservation.  


In the first year of this collaboration, Nature Canada will participate in the launch the countries' first State of the Birds in conjunction with IMBD, adapt materials for use in French and Canadian English, and promote IMBD to 14 urban Important Bird Areas.  

 Nature Canada & IMBD

Feature Resource - Raptor Conservtion
If you want to offer a program on raptors, be sure to take a look at Hawk Mountain's educational resources first. From Raptorpedia and an eagle activity, to a PowerPoint complete with script and a Teacher Guide, your preparation will be much simpler.  

The Bird Education Resource Directory is the place for you to find materials and to share your ideas with others.  It's easy, it's free, and it's the best place to go to find what other educators are using to teach about bird conservation. 
BookmarksOne of the most popular items in the 2012 suite of education materials is a set of 20 conservation bookmarks.  Each bookmark includes a different message, from cleaning bird feeders to preventing collisions with windows. We've already run out of student posters, so be sure to get your materials soon!
Odds & Ends
Courses, Conferences, New Resources
Exploring Power, Privilege, and Tools for Change will include diversity training and provide tools to develop action-based solutions at the movement-wide, organizational, and individual levels.  The retreat takes place May 2-4, 2012 in Loveland, Colorado.
Hog Island in Maine is hosting Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week from July 19 - 24.  This dynamic and fun-filled residential program provides information about how to incorporate environmental education activities into your curriculum and teaching.  Sign up by April 15th to be eligible for up to $500 in scholarship support.

Phenology 2012 Conference
 will take place in Milwaukee, WI from September 10 - 13th.  Join the event and submit your abstract for a presentation.


NAAEE 2012 Conference is accepting proposals for presentations. The conference is October 10 - 13 in San Francisco, California.


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Connecting Cultures Highlighted by National Science Foundation 
NSFDisplayEFTA staff Natasha Kerr attended the National Science Foundation's annual gathering for principal investigators. Equipped with our new poster presentation about the results of our 3 year study of barriers to Latino engagement in informal science education, she shared some of the data and successful outreach techniques.  As a result, Connecting Cultures will be highlighted by NSF. We'll let you know when the feature hits the internet. 

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