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June 2013                                                              facebook   Twitter    Pinterest
Choosing the IMBD 2014 Art
IMBD SPRING 2013....
Bird Day at RMNP
Rocky Mountain National Park may have hosted the final spring International Migratory Bird Day event in 2013. Activities included guided bird walks and the premier of the film "Birds without Borders", a documentary about 4 bird species that share the ecosystems of Rocky Mountain National Park and Costa Rica. With this final event of spring, EFTA begins work on fall events, most of which will be held in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America.  
Get Ready for IMBD 2014! 
Migratory Bird Day 2014 Steel drum art or traditional Caribbean painting? It's time to choose a style of art for IMBD 2014. Get involved in the final decision by placing your vote. Either of these styles will highlight the annual conservation theme and the work of biologists and educators in the Caribbean. Both the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival and Migratory Bird Day ensure that islanders learn about migratory and resident birds and their 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 Plans Bicultural Fest

Bilingual, educational, fun in Spanish and English, nature walks, wildlife booths, food, music, and family activities are the feature of Team Naturaleza's Bicultural Fest.  This is just one of many ways that EFTA's affiliate works to involve Latino communities. The event includes a US Citizen Naturalization Ceremony and award-winning author, Luis Urrea. 
Urrea is the author of Into the Beautiful North, the tale of a young Mexican woman whose father has found work in the United States. In conjunction with Urrea's participation in Fiesta Bicultural, his book has been chosen as the Regional Read for North Central Washington. 
One of EFTA's tips for reaching Latino audiences is to collaborate with organizations that serve this audience. ĦTeam Naturaleza! is successful because of its broad partnerships in the community. For more tips, visit EFTA's Diversity Toolkit.

America's Great Outdoors Update

Black-bellied Plover

EFTA interns in California, Oregon, Alaska, and Colorado have completed their shorebird surveys and are entering data and offering bird-focused education programs in Latino communities and at their research sites.
Highlights of the survey season include: 
  • Hugo Ceja and Stephanie Aroche attended the Conservation Biology Symposium at UC Davis and presented information about their shorebird surveys and Latino engagement in the sciences.
  • Anjelica Quintana and Portland Torres saw their first Black-bellied Plover at Blanca Wetlands in southern Colorado.
  • Sergio de Hoyos Irizarry helped highlight the IMBD art gallery at the Get to Know launch in Washington, D.C. 
  • Lesly Caballero helped to survey tens of thousands of shorebirds in Alaska.
  • Stephanie Loredo (OR) surveyed 3,000 shorebirds in 1 day!.
  • Colorado Intern Liaison Michelle Mendietta organized a Migratory Bird Day event that raised funds for migratory bird habitat. 
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.


Thanks to our Celebrate Shorebirds Sponsors

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

  U.S. Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management  

Feature Resource: Oil Spill Curriculum
Oil Spill
Using the theme of the 2010 Gulf Spill's impact on migratory birds and other wildlife, the Oil Spill Curriculum explores various environmental professionals that mobilized to respond to ecological threats. Students learn about a few key migratory bird species and the Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System that conserves them, as well as the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf Coast ecosystem and its human communities. Student will hear about a variety of natural resource careers, and the academic experience and job skills needed to be successful in these conservation positions    


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. The conference brings
the bird conservation community together to create a unified vision for full life cycle needs and how to address them with innovative approaches. The conference will focus on linked regions throughout the Western Hemisphere, working together in geographic-based work sessions to develop implementable projects. Our results will guide future conservation activities by conservation practitioners, educators, state and federal agencies, philanthropic organizations and researchers.

Howard County Dept. of Recreation and Parks (MD)
is hiring a Nature Center Environmental Educator to develop and implement eduction programs. For more information, contact Katie Peet at

Join the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency for its Engaging Wildlife Viewers in Bird Conservation webinar series.

Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Does Distance Influence Latino Participation?
Educators speculate about the reasons why Latino visitation to natural areas is often low. One assumption is that travel distance to the site is a factor. Perhaps the costs of driving to the site are too high or families may not own cars. 

EFTA's research has shown that participation may be low regardless of distance. One of our study sites is located just 8 miles from the center of a town that is over 40% Latino. Yet participation in a local Migratory Bird Day event by this audience was less than 8%. 
We've discovered a number of ways to improve Latino visitation to parks and participation in events, such as IMBD. These tips are shared in our Diversity Toolkit.   
For more information about this project and to receive the Connecting Cultures newsletter, please contact: 

Natasha Kerr at 

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