Bird Conservation Through Education TM

December 20, 2013  

In This Issue
Focus on Diversity Recap
Christmas Bird Count
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The Bird Education Network (BEN) was created following the February 2007 National Gathering, hosted by the Council for Environmental Education (CEE). BEN is a CEE initiative that seeks to connect and support a community of bird education professionals.


Over 4,000 individuals representing 300 organizations receive communications and engage in professional dialogue through the BEN-run Bird Education Listserv. 


A BEN Committee has been established to provide advice and guidance for this important initiative, to advance "bird conservation through education."

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Focus on Diversity 3 Recap 

by Dave Magpiong   

Focus on Diversity 2013; McAllen, TX. 


Last month's Focus on Diversity  (FOD) conference in McAllen, Texas, was a grand success.  

As with the prior two FOD events in Philadelphia, PA and Bloomington, MN, the focus was "changing the face of American birding."  We had a dynamic and dedicated group of presenters and participants come together to discuss grappling the issue of diversity in bird appreciation, bird education, and conservation. The participants brainstormed some effective strategies that could increase participation among communities of diversity.

Not surprisingly, the most important part of the conference was the creation of individual action plans to directly tackle this issue. This year, the participants generated over 30  key plans aimed at engaging new audiences in birding and nature activities. Not only can these exciting goals promote bird conservation, they can also serve as models which others can use in their own areas.


Visit the website to view the conference summary report along with a selection of action plan descriptions and a video recap.


With 2014 very quickly bearing down on us, you are invited to borrow an idea from these action plans as you create a bird education resolution for the New Year!   



From our flock to yours, Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year from everyone at BEN.
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