News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
September 2012
In This Issue
IMBD Fall Events
Place Your Vote!
The Holy Grail
Triathlon Rases Funds
Resource Directory Feature
Odds & Ends
Shorebird Conservation Underway
IMBD Fall Events Take Flight
Bird migrations are underway, and so are preparations for fall International Migratory Bird Day events. Biologists and educators in the Caribbean have just completed development of a new migration map that focuses on that region. Five versions have been created to meet the needs of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and English speaking islands. 

Working with new partners in Mexico and Central America, we anticipate greater outreach throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. 
Help support education on the wintering grounds of migratory birds!  EFTA will be sending education materials to new IMBD sites, such as Honduras and Chihuahua, Mexico.  Your purchase of Kenn Kaufman's Guía de Aves will provide a helpful tool for educators working with students and communities in these countries.  

 Donate a Guía

Place Your Vote! IMBD 2013 Theme Title

It's election season at International Migratory Bird Day! In 2013, the event theme will focus on the importance of conserving birds throughout their life cycles, including courtship and nesting, migration to wintering grounds, activities on the wintering grounds, and the spring journey to their nesting sites. We're seeking your ideas on the best title for this very complex theme.  Please vote or share your own ideas!

IMBD 2013 Theme Title

Last Chance to Sign Up! 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
Triathlon Raises Funds for EFTA
Tri Team Team Ginger Love will bike, swim, and run to raise funds for EFTA's on-the-ground conservation work.  The team of athletes- Liz, Erin, and Rachel, featured at left (the dog will be watching), recommend that we live "every day like it's International Migratory Bird Day." Give the team and EFTA your support!

Feature Resource - Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather is a packet that provides pre- and post- birdwatching trip activities. Designed for use at the John Heinz NWR at Tinicum, it is easily adapted for use anywhere.  

                             Birds of a Feather 


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
Meet Environment for the Americas at conferences and events taking place this fall. Attend our presentations and visit our booths!  Check out where we'll be and what we'll be doing:

Pathways Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado
Thursday, September 27, 2013
Diversity Outreach at Natural Areas

North American Association for Environmental Education
Presentation: Thursday, October 11, 2013
Engaging Latino Audiences in Science Education
Panel on Diversity, Saturday, October 13 from 9:45 - 11:30

Exhibitor Booth, Thursday, Oct. 11 - Saturday, Oct. 13

Focus on Diversity Conference
is now open for registration. The conference will take place at Minnesota Valley NWR.

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Jennifer ~ San  Diego NWR Intern
Intern Creates Community Links at  San Diego NWR
The shorebirds along the California coast need protection as they overwinter, migrate, and nest. EFTA's newest intern will be working with staff of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge to help protect these birds on beaches and engage Latino communities in learning about shorebird conservation. Natasha Kerr, EFTA's Diversity Outreach Coordinator, and Chantel Jimenez of the refuge provided on-the-ground training and will guide Jennifer during her efforts. This internship program also gives young Latinos the chance to learn about science, research, and education careers.

This fall, EFTA will hire 7 interns to work on shorebird monitoring and education in Alaska, California, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. If you're interested in learning more about our work reaching Latino communities and would like to receive the monthly Connecting Cultures newsletter, please contact: 

Natasha Kerr at 
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