News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
July 2012
In This Issue
IMBD 2012 Underway
The Holy Grail
Bird Fanatics Raise Funds
Guia Supports Education
Resource Directory Feature
Odds & Ends
Summer Interns Begin Research
IMBD Fills the Map
The number of IMBD events has increased almost every year since 2000.  In 2012, we anticipate another high with over 550 activities -- more than 30 new programs and events.  We look forward to fall activities in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Our partners and sponsors make bird conservation education possible throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Thanks to the

International Migratory Bird Day 2012 Sponsors 

Title Sponsors                   Program Sponsors 
USFWSUSFSPIF Logo  BLMNational Science FoundationDOD


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Visiting the Holy Grail of Birding
Colombia boasts the highest bird diversity in the world.  Its cloud forests, jungles, and plains provide habitat to close to 20% of the world's birds, over 1,876 species. Seventy of these species are endemic.

Working with ProAves and EcoTurs, EFTA is hosting a trip to this rich and diverse country.  Our journey will take us to some of the best birding sites, to towns rich in culture, and to the best festival the country has to offer, International Migratory Bird Day. Join us on a trip of a lifetime!

Trip Dates: Oct. 24th - 31st, 2012 ($1,800)
Optional Extension to El Dorado Reserve: Nov. 1st - 3rd, 2012 (Cost dependent on number of participants)

For more details, please view the program flyer and or contact Susan at
Bird Fanatics take a Walk on the Wild Side
On June 2nd, four teams covered central and southern Idaho in a 24-hour birdathon. The winners, team Prairie Falcons, had 136 species by midnight, surpassing the event's founding group, team Bird Fanatics. Proceeds will benefit bird conservation and education at Environment for the Americas and the Idaho Bird Observatory.

The next Walk on the Wild Side is hosted by Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory in Brighton, Colorado.  You can help conserve birds of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains on Saturday, October 6, 2012 by volunteering, being a walker, raising funds, or donating on their Walk website.

walking company
Event National Sponsor: 
The Walking Company

If you're interested in hosting your first Walk on the Wild Side,   contact Eve at
Guia Supports Education on Wintering Grounds

KaufmanAs fall approaches, EFTA partners in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America will begin preparing for the return of migratory birds and their International Migratory Bird Day events and programs. Each year, our staff pack boxes of IMBD materials that are sent to schools, museums, conservation organizations, and other groups.  


A favorite item is Kenn Kaufman's Guía de Aves, one of the few field guides to the birds of North America available in Spanish. You can help make these guides available by purchasing one for just $12. You may include your name as a donor inside the book.  Be sure to select Environment for the Americas when you  make your contribution! 

Donate a Guia!

Feature Resource - British Columbia Wildlife Society

The British Columbia Wildlife Society offers several books for download.  In addition to their resource guide on estuaries and a children's coloring book about Wildlife and Farms, you will find materials for teachers on their website.   

British Columbia Waterfowl Society  


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
Bird Conservation Conference in the NE is now accepting proposals for presentations and posters.  The conference is October 16-19 in Plymouth, MA.

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is hiring a Communications and Membership Coordinator.  Applications are due July 16, 2012.

National Audubon Society is hiring a Director for their Important Bird Areas Program. The Director supports Audubon's State and Chapter programs and IBA coordinators in providing best management practices and technical guidance in identifying and conserving Global Important Bird Areas across the Audubon network. This position reports to the Chief Scientist and is based in Washington DC. 


The Schoolyard Habitat Program Coordinator position at the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office is now open and receiving applications. The application process is completely on the web via USA Jobs and the announcement can be found at the link below.

The Network of Oregon Watershed Councils is hiring an Outreach and Education Director.  Job responsibilities include communicating and working with member watershed councils.  Start date will be on or before August 1, 2012.

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Summer Interns Begin Research and Education Programs
Patrick Ortiz
Patrick Ortiz is working with USFWS to study shorebird populations in southern Colorado.
EFTA's work with Latino interns continues this summer in Colorado's San Luis Valley and at Bandelier National Monument.  With support from USFWS, Patrick Ortiz is surveying nesting shorebirds, assessing habitat, and working with the local Hispanic/Latino community. 

In July, interns from Argentina and Peru arrive in New Mexico to continue our work studying Latino participation in informal science education.  This project is supported by National Science Foundation. All of the interns gain important work experience and serve as mentors to Latino youth.

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