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October 2012
In This Issue
IMBD 2013 Theme
Panelists Speak for Diversity
EFTA Goes South!
PIF 2013 Awards
Resource Directory Feature
Odds & Ends
Panel on Diversity
  IMBD 2013 - Life Cycle of Migratory Birds
American Redstart will be a focal species in the 2013 IMBD materials.
The International Migratory Bird Day 2013 theme is Life Cycle of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas. This theme will explore a migratory bird's journey from non-breeding grounds to nesting sites and the importance of conservation efforts during every stage. The theme will also be featured at
the Partners in Flight International Conference in August 2013 in Utah.

Education materials will include the annual poster and an education packet that describes the life cycle of a bird, provides activities for educators, and is simple to use at public events. Stay tuned for more details, images of the poster design, and of course, your chance to help select the best poster and t-shirt designs!
Panelists Discuss Diversity in Natural Resources

Back Row (l to r): Carina Ruiz, Peggy Notebaert Museum; Jim Chu, U.S. Forest Service; Genie Moore, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Juan Carlos Solis, Wildcare; Sammy Chavez, EFTA Intern; Natasha Kerr, EFTA

Front Row (l to r): Cindy Moreno, EFTA intern, Lesly Caballero, EFTA intern, Susan Bonfield, EFTA           

Many thanks to Alicia King, USFWS, for the photo!  

EFTA Goes South!

We saw this Strong-billed Woodcreeper taking a bath in a mossy tree.
EFTA is in Colombia exploring some of the gems of the natural reserves. High in the mountains of El Dorado, the flagship reserve of the conservation organization ProAves, we are in awe of the scenery and birdlife. Already we have had close-up views of Lazuline Sabrewing, Santa Marta Brush Finch, and Crowned Woodnymph. The lodge offers amazing meals and views.

Working with ProAves and EcoTurs, EFTA is strengthening its relationship with one of the oldest International Migratory Bird Day festivals in South America. Join us on Facebook for more updates about the trip and consider joining us in 2013! 
Nominate Your Favorite Bird Conservationist!
award Partners in Flight is accepting nominations for the 2013 Leadership, Stewardship, Public Awareness, and Investigations awards for bird conservation. These awards recognize the hard work, achievements, and exceptional contributions to landbird conservation. Awardees are presented a beautiful, hand-carved recognition in front of an audience of their peers.

Applications are due December 15, 2012.

Feature Resource - Birds of a Feather

Coffee, Conservation, and Commerce describes the environmental, economic, and social implications of coffee production, with a focus on ways that individuals and institutions can promote ecologically sound farming and forest management in northern Latin America. Available in English and Spanish.     

          Coffee, Conservation, and Commerce


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
School Garden Grant Program, Whole Kids Foundation
The Whole Kids Foundation, in collaboration with Foodcorps, is providing School Garden Grants to teach kids to garden and learn about topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation. Awards of $2,000 are available.

University of Idaho
has a Conservation Social Sciences Academic Faculty position in Moscow, Idaho. Full details about the position are available at the link below.

Optics for the Tropics Goes to Cuba! Travel to Cuba for 8 days in March 2013. See amazing birds, historic Old Havana, and meet incredible people. Write Joni Ellis at for more information.

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
EFTA Hosts Panel on Diversity at NAAEE 
(see photo at left)
I didn't want to take the typical career track...

EFTA's partners and interns had the chance to share their thoughts and answer questions about diversity during our panel on diversity at the North American Association for Environmental Education recently held in Oakland, California.  Panelists included representatives from US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Wildcare (California), the Peggy Notebaert Museum (Chicago), and EFTA interns.

Thanks to the panelists, who are featured in the photo at left.

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