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February 2013                                                                                                    Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  Find us on Pinterest       
IMBD 2013 T-Shirt ROCKS!
Bird Day Tshirt Your participation in the design of IMBD 2013 materials was off the charts! We received almost 500 votes on the poster and almost 200 on the t-shirt.
Migratory Bird Day 2013 Postcard Visit regularly to find new materials for your program. We've created a downloadable, editable event postcard to help you advertise, featuring the conservation theme: Life Cycles of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas.  Have questions? Call us at 866-334-3330.

Many thanks to our Migratory Bird Day 2013 Title Sponsors
ĦTeam NaturalezaĦ Joins EFTA as Affiliate

Bird Day Team Naturaleza
Environment for the Americas has its first affiliate, a group of enthusiastic bird conservationists in Leavenworth, Washington who have been partners since 2009. When EFTA began its work to improve participation by Latino audiences in International Migratory Bird Day, partners with the Leavenworth Bird Festival (an IMBD event) embraced the opportunity to involve the growing Latino community. Two years later, ĦTeam Naturaleza! is introducing Latino youth and adults to nature and conservation. Organizers have hired Norma Gallegos to serve as the liaison to Latino communities and have already received several grants to help support programs.

The work of ĦTeam Naturaleza! is a natural complement to EFTA's work engaging diverse audiences and promoting bird conservation. As an affiliate, the group receives administrative support and opportunities to collaborate on projects. Already, we have received a grant from the Icicle Fund to develop bilingual education materials.   

America's Great Outdoors Update

Hugo Chavez has been selected as one of two interns who will be studying shorebirds in Monterey, California. Hugo has volunteered for diverse organizations, such as the United Farm Workers of America and Fort Ord National Monument. He is passionate about the outdoors and about encouraging young Latinos to learn about science. Special thanks to Rick Hanks of California Coastal Monument (BLM) and Dave Feliz of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve for their support of Hugo and this project.

Read Hugo's Blog


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Thanks to our Celebrate Shorebirds Sponsors

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

  U.S. Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management 

Connect People to Nature through Birds

Bird Education Course
Join the National Conservation Training Center for its Connecting People to Nature Through Birds course, June 6-13 at NCTC in Shephardstown, WV.  Learn some tips for teaching bird i.d., take home lots of new activities to use in your programs, participate in bird banding and explore how to incorporate it into your activities, and much more.

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.  
Feature Resource: Sharing Birds with Young People  
bird education
Download Seattle Audubon's Sharing Birds with Young People booklet and learn about how to share the world of birds with your students or family. This resource could be easily adaptd for any community!

               Songs for the 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
Sandhill Crane Photo Tour will follow the migration of Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska March 15 -17, 2013. Join premier photographers and the spectacle of migration.
Chicago's Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum seeks a Museum Educator to develop on- and off-site nature and environmental education programs. Ability to speak Spanish is required.

The Baltimore City Public School's Farm to School Initiative Coordinator position is a well-paid, part-time, grant-funded opportunity. The position will be filled quickly, so qualified candidates should review the attached job description and apply immediately. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Greg Strella at

Audubon Alaska
is hiring a GIS intern for summer 2013. Please find details at the link below.

Antioch University in Keene, NH
invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment in Environmental Education with the Department of Environmental Studies. Contact Joy Ackerman for information (

The University of Saskatchewan, Canada has funded Master's and PhD positions as well as a short-term Research Associate contract working with the Sustainability and Education Policy Network.
University of Saskatchewan

Pheasants Forever and Quails Forever are hiring biologists to help with all aspects of their programs. Visit their recruitment site for details.

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Learn About Your Community 
How much do you know about the Latino communities near your site? EFTA's Diversity Toolkit provides resources and ideas for improving engagement with diverse audiences. After our work at 6 sites across the U.S., we found that knowledge of the demographics is helpful.

What groups/ethnicities/races live in your community? What are the age ranges? These questions may be answered by accessing U.S. Census Data and will help you direct your education and outreach efforts.

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

Natasha Kerr at 

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