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In This Issue
IMBD 2013 Artist
America's Great Outdoors Update
EFTA Goes South!
Project Completion
PIF 2013 Awards
Resource Directory Feature
Odds & Ends
Latino Participation Increases
 IMBD 2013 - Life Cycle of Migratory Birds
Artist Barry Kent MacKay has been named the 2013 International Migratory Bird Day artist. His work will be featured on IMBD program materials, from the annual poster and education packet to event flyers and more. 
Barry Mackay's draft sketch of an American Redstart for art that will be featured on the IMBD poster.

Barry is not only a fantastic artist, but also a knowledgeable naturalist. His experience outdoors is reflected in the detail of his art. He is IMBD's second Canadian artist and his accomplishments include illustrating Birds of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the first complete guide to the Galapagos, and Wrens, Dippers, and Thrashers. He also  illustrated and wrote the Bird Watcher's Companion. Barry began drawing at the age of three and was influenced by his mother, who was a pioneer in bird and small mammal rehabilitation. 
                                                             See more of Barry's Art

The International Migratory Bird Day 2013 theme is Life Cycle of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas. Learn more about the theme on the web and in regular Facebook updates. Have questions? Give us a call at 866-334-3330.                                                      IMBD 2013
America's Great Outdoors Update

EFTA is excited to have its first America's Great Outdoors (AGO) intern on board- Michelle Mendieta. Michelle is assisting with the AGO Celebrate Shorebirds project, which offers Latino youth hands-on experiences in bird research and environmental education. Michelle will serve as a liaison to the other AGO interns and will also help with the development of education materials. 


In February 2013, our 8 AGO interns will attend a training in California to learn how to monitor migratory shorebirds. From there, they will travel to their sites, which include: Blanca Wetlands, CO; Chugach National Forest, AK; Yaquina Head Natural Area, OR; and California Coastal National Monument.  Interns will also work in local Latino communities, offering environmental education programs.  


We are currently recruiting interns for the Washington, D.C. & Oregon sites. Please visit Click here to view the internship postings. 


   Learn more about America's Great Outdoors


Thanks to our Celebrate Shorebirds Sponsors

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

  U.S. Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management 

EFTA Goes South!

El Dorado
The beauty of Reserva El Dorado
EFTA's trip to Colombia as an opportunity to learn about the system of conservation reserves and meet some of the fantastic bird guides and educators who work there. And did we mention the birds?! Amazing!

As a result of our trip, we are renewing connections with ProAves educators and creating new connections with the University of Colombia.         
Project Completion 

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service awarded EFTA funds to oversee a Latino internship initiative at four sites in the U.S. Interns worked at the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex; San Diego National Wildlife Complex, California; San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Colorado; Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, California. They gained experience with environmental education
Cind Moreno with Boys & Girls Club

Intern Cindy Moreno (right) at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR with children from the Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley.   

 research, wildlife interpretation, and public affairs. We greatly appreciate all the hard work our interns and Refuge staff put toward this initiative. 
Internship Final Report


Project Sponsored by:

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 - The Migration Game
Wanda the Wood Thrush
Help Wanda the Wood Thrush travel from her winter home in Costa Rica to her summer home in Maryland. This on-line game engages youth in answering questions about migratory birds, earning points that help Wanda return to her nesting site in spring.

         Wanda the Migratory Wood Thrush 


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
Connecting People to Nature Through Birds course is June 6-13 at NCTC in Shephardstown, WV. Tuition for FWS, NPS, and BLM is prepaid. Participants learn to teach others basic bird identification, and explore a variety of programs that connect people to nature including citizen science and mist netting birds. 

                                                                              Register Online

Lower Mississippi Vally JV Science Coordinator
will be responsible for partnership development and support, biological planning, national and international coordination, and conservation delivery. Applications are due December 18.
                                                               JV Science Coordinator

Muir Woods National Monument, CA
is hiring an Education Park Ranger to work with diverse student populations. For more information about the position, contact Lynn Fonfa at

Columbia Slough Watershed Council in Portland, Oregon has an internship opportunity from January through June focusing on education.

Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education in Stevens Point is seeking a Sustainability Education Resource Specialist. Applications are due December 14th.

Field Assistants are needed from mid-March through June to help with Florida Grasshopper Sparrow research. For more information about the position and to apply, contact Applications are due February 8. 

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
Latino Participation Increases at Bandelier National Monument  
NPS Park Flight interns: Maria Pia Floria (l) and Angela Lorena Velarde (r). 
The results are in! Using outreach methods EFTA has learned over the past 3 years, Latino participation in an annual Nature Fest increased from 4.6% to 29%. We thank interns Maria Pia and Angela Lorena for their dedication to this diversity initiative.

The data collection for our NSF funded study,  Engaging Latino Audiences in Informal Science Education, is now complete. In fall 2012, National Park Service Park Flight interns,
Angela Lorena Valarde from Peru and Maria Pia Floria from Argentina, worked in Latino communities near Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.

The interns promoted visitation and participation in nature & science programs at the monument and surveyed participants at the annual Nature Fest. Their goal was to improve Latino participation in this event.

For more information about this project and to receive the Connecting Cultures newsletter, please contact: 

Natasha Kerr at 

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