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June 2012
In This Issue
IMBD 2012 Sponsors Recognized
EFTA Heads to Colombia
Walk on the Wild Side Update
Nature Canada "Canadianizes" IMBD
Resource Directory Feature
Odds & Ends
EFTA Receives Grant
IMBD 2012 Sponsors Recognized

The Mexican Cultural Institute (MCI) in Washington, D.C. was generously provided by the Mexican Embassy as the venue for the  20th Anniversary celebration and recognition of International Migratory Bird Day and its sponsors. A three-story mural by artist Roberto Cueva del Río illustrates Mexico's colorful traditions on the Institute's interior.  This vivid backdrop highlighted our focus on bird conservation across borders and the work of the 2012 IMBD artist, Rafael López, who is also a muralist.   


The evening also featured a performance of Song of the Wood Thrush, written by Mike Nobel and performed by Mike Mangiaracina's students at Brent Elementary, and the presentation of the Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award.  The Award was accepted by Bureau of Land Management for its Restore New Mexico project.   


Thanks to the

International Migratory Bird Day 2012

Title Sponsors                   Program Sponsors 
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EFTA Heads to Colombia

Plans for EFTA's trip to Colombia are well underway.  Working with partners at ProAves and EcoTurs, we have designed a journey that will introduce visitors to the birds, refuges, and culture of the country.  Top that off with participation in an International Migratory Bird Day celebration.

Trip Dates: Oct. 24th - 31st, 2012 ($1,750)

Optional Extension to El Dorado Reserve: Nov. 1st - 3rd, 2012 (Cost dependent on number of participants)

For more details, please contact Susan at
Rain Fails to Stop Walk on the Wild Side
Walk on the Wild Side in Boulder, Colorado raised funds for habitat restoration despite dark clouds and chilly temperatures.  Children sported colorful umbrellas and volunteers were stationed along the 1K and 3K routes to provide education and directions. We could stay all day, said one enthusiastic parent.  Funds raised will benefit projects that preserve bird habitat in Boulder County.
walking company
Event National Sponsor: 
Walking Company
Local Sponsors:  Boulder Camera, Spooners, Cork & Petal

Education station hosts: Rocky Mountain Bird Observator
y, Cal-Wood Education Center, Nature's Educators, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Boulder County Audubon, CU Museum of Natural History, and City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks. Volunteers: Peter Ruprecht, birder, and Brooke Urcuri and Samantha Stasi from Moosejaw  Prizes: Wild Bird Center, Patagonia, and REI, Boulder

If you're interested in hosting your first Walk on the Wild Side,   contact Eve at
Nature Canada "Canadianizes" IMBD

CanadaIMBDNature Canada has taken the Migratory Bird Day materials and given them a Canadian flavor. Their tips for helping birds include "Rein in Your Pets" and "Cap Your Chimneys". Words are spelled using some of the British conventions, and the information is provided in French, but the conservation goals are the same. 


As a result of Nature Canada's participation, activities in Canada increased in 2012, and we look forward to a growing partnership and presence in the country.

Nature Canada 

Feature Resource - Bird Photography
Zackery Zdinak clipart 

There are many sources of good bird photos, illustrations, and clipart. The Bird Education Resource Directory makes the options easy to find by providing a list of photographers and illustrators who can help you spice up your bird conservation messages. 


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. 
Odds & Ends
Conservation Education Strategy Webinar describes the development of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency's formal and non-formal activities that are available for download.  Join the Webinar to learn more.
 Conservation Education Webinar

Climate Change Education: A Primer for Zoos and Aquariums
is a free eBook available for major eReader platforms, reveals what some of the best minds know about climate change science, electronic media, psychology, learning sciences, communication, and interpretation. Download the book free.

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
EFTA Awarded America's Great Outdoors Grant  
Western Sandpiper
Grant focuses on training interns in shorebird research, conservation, and education

Over 300 proposal were submitted for grants that will provide jobs for America's youth. When the 17 awards were announced by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, EFTA's project topped the list.

Celebra las Playeras (Celebrate Shorebirds) will employ 8 Latino interns who will receive training in bird research and education.  They will then travel to U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management sites in California, Alaska, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. The goals of the project are to engage Latino students in natural resource careers, gather much-needed information about shorebird populations, and provide education about shorebird conservation through Migratory Bird Day events.

If you're interested in learning more about the project and would like to receive the monthly Connecting Cultures newsletter, please contact: 
Connecting Cultures is funded by the National Science Foundation
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