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May 2012
In This Issue
IMBD 2012 Underway
EFTA Heads to Colombia
Walkathon Raises Goals
BirdLife International Joins IMBD
Resource Directory Feature
IMBD 2012 Event News

Migratory Bird Day Events Take Off 

Migratory Bird Day events are well underway, and to those of you who have activities, festivals, or programs, we thank you for the time and effort you devote to reaching the public.  The 2012 materials have been a hit, and already over 20,000 conservation bookmarks, over 25,000 posters, and thousands of Jr. Birder Booklets and other materials have been distributed. 


If you're in need of some quick materials to provide at your site or to use as a reference, be sure to take advantage of the broad suite of materials available on the Environment for the Americas website.  Below are just a few of the tools you may use.  

 20 Ways to Help Birds PowerPoint  


Flyers and Press Release  


20 Ways to Conserve Birds List 


Media Tools 


Our partners and sponsors are also making materials available. Visit USFWS for a downloadable version of the 20 Ways to Help Birds handout. 


If you have any questions, the staff at Environment for the Americas are always available to help!  Just give us a call at 866-334-3330.


International Migratory Bird Day 2012

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EFTA Heads to Colombia
Birding paradise in the Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve
Cerulean Warbler Bird Reserve

Join EFTA on a trip to Colombia October 24 - 31st, 2012.  We'll visit an International Migratory Bird Day event, birdwatch in some of the country's wildlife preserves, and visit cultural centers.  This trip is designed for those interested in conservation, travel, culture, and birds.  A 3-day extension will take us to El Dorado Reserve, known as the "holy grail" for birding in the Americas.

For more information about the trip, please contact Susan at
Walk on the Wild Side Raises Goals
2012 Walk on the Wild Side2.m4v Walk on the Wild Side enters its second year with raised expectations and fundraising goals by all host sites.  In just one year, the program has proven its ability to raise funds for conservation and to involve communities in learning about birds, other wildlife, and their protection.

Walk on the Wild Side events are hosted in conjunction with International Migratory Bird Day, as separate fundraising activities, and as a way to boost participation in birdathons. The funds provide much-needed resources for habitat restoration and conservation education.  At Magee Marsh in Ohio, invasive plants were removed and native plants purchased and planted.  In Colorado, 88 native trees and shrubs were planted at one of Boulder's premier birding sites, and in Idaho, funds support raptor rehabilitation.

If you're interested in hosting your first Walk on the Wild Side,   contact Eve at
BirdLife International Joins Migratory Bird Day

BirdLife logoBirdLife International's Flyway program works to conserve birds across borders by identifying and protecting a network of key sites for the conservation of the world's birds.   


This spring, BirdLife International shared Migratory Bird Day with Flyway partners and future efforts will focus on adapting materials to meet the needs of partners, particularly those in Latin America.

BirdLife International 

Feature Resource - Jr. Duck Stamp Curriculum
Jr. Duck

For the first time in many years, the Junior Duck Stamp program has redesigned its arts and science curriculum, modernizing it to make it more relevant to today's teachers and students. The new curriculum is designed to spark youth interest in habitat conservation through science, art, math and technology.


Written, field-tested and evaluated by environmental educators, biologists, teachers and consultants, the new curriculum includes such elements as using the Internet as a conservation tool and new scientific information about today's conservation challenges (e.g., climate change and its impact on wetland habitat). It is multi-culturally relevant and incorporates information to stimulate students' interest in careers in nature.

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!

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Connecting Cultures Reaches Local Interns 
Lesly Caballero
Missy Wipf of PRBO(left) & Lesly Caballero

In 2012,
EFTA hired local Latino youth to work with national parks and refuges. These interns are learning about bird research and education, while reaching out to their own communities to engage youth and adults in science and nature. Lesly Caballero of San Rafael, CA is learning about Point Reyes Bird Observatory and Muir Woods National Monument. She is also offering education programs and promoting IMBD at Muir Woods. We hope that her decision to add some environmental courses to her college schedule reflects a growing interest in natural resource careers! Her efforts and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated.

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Connecting Cultures is funded by the National Science Foundation
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