|Choosing the IMBD 2014 Art|
IMBD SPRING 2013....
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!
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
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|
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