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March 2013                                                                                                   Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  Find us on Pinterest       
IMBD 2013 Launched
Migratory Bird Day Coffee
The first International Migratory Bird Day of the 2013 season was launched at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Mexico on March 7th. IMBD materials were shared with students during this 4-day event.

New sponsors in 2013 are helping us promote key conservation issues. 
Birds & Beans, which roasts certified shade-grown coffee, has created their Redstart blend. Special IMBD prices ensure that you can share this with your visitors and inform them of the daily actions that conserve birds throughout their life cycles.
Ornilux Logo Thanks to our newest sponsor, Ornilux Bird Protection Glass, for helping launch EFTA's conservation series. Find up-to-date information on issues that affect bird populations and explore ways to get your members and visitors to help birds at home and in their communities.
IMBD powerpoint
The IMBD 2013 PowerPoint is available in English and Spanish! Check regularly to find new materials for your program.  

Many thanks to our Migratory Bird Day 2013 Title Sponsors

ĦTeam NaturalezaĦ Prepares for Bird Festival

Bird Day Team Naturaleza
ĦTeam Naturaleza!, EFTA's affiliate located in Leavenworth, Washington, is preparing for its annual Migratory Bird Day, now known as the Spring Bird Fest. The festival has grown to include a bicultural festival that is designed to reach Latino communities and encourage their participation in birding walks, presentations, and more. 

Are you working to engage Latino communities in your programs? Visit our Diversity Toolkit for tips and suggestions.   

America's Great Outdoors Update

EFTA intern

EFTA's interns traveled to Monterey, California in March to attend a training before they traveled to their research sites. Days were filled learning to identify shorebirds, conduct surveys, and explore ways to involve Latino communities in education programs. Stephanie Loredo (left) of Eugene, Oregon is now busy with all of these tasks at Oregon's Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

The goals of the AGO Celebrate Shorebirds project are to gather information about migratory shorebird populations, train Latino youth in field research, and provide new opportunities for other Latino youth to learn about birds, conservation, and science during programs with the AGO interns.  


Read about Stephanie's work at Celebrate Shorebirds Blog


Thanks to our Celebrate Shorebirds Sponsors

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

  U.S. Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management  


Thanks to the Oregon Supervisors: Timothy Fisher and Dawn Grafe
Connect People to Nature through Birds
Registration for Connecting People to Nature Through Birds
course, June 6-13 at NCTC in Shephardstown, WV, will close on April 19th.  This course provides 4 full days of bird-focused learning, including how to use a field guide, simple identification tips, leading bird walks, field activities, and much more.
Bird Education Course
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: BirdNote
EFTA is partnering with BirdNote, which shares radio stories about birds, the environment, and of course, International Migratory Bird Day. Subscribe to their podcast feed, listen on the radio, and browse their show archives. 



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
Partners in Flight will host its 5th International Conference in Snowmass, Utah, from August 25-28th. Plan to be there!

Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary
is hiring a Teacher Naturalist for 22 weeks. This temporary position starts ASAP! Visit the link below to learn more about the position and to apply.

The Migratory Bird Series Webinar is hosted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The next seminar takes place on March 19th from 2 - 3 p.m. (EST). Visit the other presentations and participate.

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

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Learn About Your Community 
Interested in increasing diversity in your organization? EFTA has experience advertising positions and recruiting and training Latino youth for positions at natural areas across the United States. We also mentor our interns throughout their experiences and work closely with staff at each location.

Visit the Diversity Toolkit for ideas about where to advertise your positions and contact EFTA for assistance with your outreach.

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

Natasha Kerr at 

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Connecting Cultures

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