News from the Flyway - Environment for the Americas - Home of IMBD
April 2013
Be a Part of IMBD 
Just as we come into the busiest time of the year for International Migratory Bird Day, it is also time to choose the 2014 conservation themes. We want your input. Please join us in selecting a theme that helps people from Canada to Argentina get involved in protecting birds!    International Migratory Bird Day programs and events are underway. Help us track activities by registering your program. Just answer 7 questions, and you're on the map. 

Is art part of your IMBD program? Share it with the world in a gallery sponsored by Get to Know and Pepco Holdings, Inc. Prizes will be awarded for Life Cycle art that shares the importance of bird conservation. 

Many thanks to our Migratory Bird Day 2013 Sponsors

Title Sponsors                           Program Sponsors

Birds & Beans Coffee * Birdzilla * Get to Know  

Gold Crest Distributing * Pepco Holdings, Inc. 

Optics for the Tropics * Ornilux * U.S. Geological Survey


IMBD Regional Partners
Nature Canada     
Society for the Conservation & Study of Caribbean Birds
ĦTeam NaturalezaĦ Hosts Winter Trip

Latino snowshoe
Many organizations struggle to reach Latino audiences. Environment for the America's work and research on this topic has sparked programs across the U.S., including its new affiliate, ĦTeam Naturaleza!. ĦTeam Naturaleza!, located in Washington, focuses on engaging Latino families with nature.
A recent snowshoeing trip attracting over 70 participants, most of whom had never used snowshoes or visited local ski areas. As one parent commented, "No manner of money can make up for this important experience". Efforts in this location will continue with upcoming International Migratory Bird Day activities.
For more tips about reaching Latino audiences, visit Environment for the Americas' Diversity Toolkit.   

America's Great Outdoors Update

latino bird education

It may be cold and snowy in Alaska's Copper River Delta, but nothing stops Alaska AGO intern, Lesly Caballero, from getting kids outdoors and teaching them about birds and bird conservation. In addition to her community outreach efforts, Lesly is also helping to develop a bilingual (Spanish/English) Wetlands Live: A Distance Learning Adventure.  The next webcast, Discover Wetlands, will air on May 9, 2013. 
Read about Lesly's Alaska adventures with Celebrate Shorebirds
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.  


Thanks to our Celebrate Shorebirds Sponsors

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

  U.S. Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management  


Thanks to the Alaska Supervisor: Erin Cooper
Life Cycles of Migratory Birds
The International Migratory Bird Day 2013 conservation theme explores bird life cycles and the importance of conservation at all phases. To help share this information with your class, visitors, or participants, Environment for the Americas has created several lesson plans, examples of life cycle wheels, and a blank wheel for 
life cycle birdsyour use in programs. Download a single wheel or order a set for your program.  
The wheel at left, created by Kristin Sobel, illustrates the life cycle of an American Redstart. The American Redstart is a focal species of IMBD 2013.
Feature Resource: Hungry Owl
The Hungry Owl Project works to reduce the need for pesticides and rodenticides by encouraging natural predators through conservation of habitat, nest boxes, and education. You can support their work, find other organizations that work to conserve birds, or start a similar effort in your area.     Hungry Owl Project  


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!

is hiring a full-time program director to coordinate and implement all aspects of its education programs. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Questions may be sent to Rafael Salgado at the same email. 

The National Fish, Wildlife & Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy was released. See the strategy and the brochure of highlights.

Measuring Environmental Education Outcomes
Environmental educators and program leaders are invited to join this
project-based online learning community in May-October 2013, by
EECapacity. This select group of 25 educators will work together to
improve the way we measure different outcomes of EE programs.
Application deadline: May 1, 2013

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Increase Your Community Presence
Interested in increasing diversity in your organization? Your presence in the community plays an important role in your ability to engage other audiences. Make your organization a familiar face by taking part in events and activities hosted in Latino communities. 

Visit the Diversity Toolkit for ideas about events and get involved!

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

Natasha Kerr at 

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