Connecting Cultures: Engaging Latinos in Science Education
Connecting Cultures Newsletter 
from Environment for the Americas

June 2013
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America's Great Outdoors
Diversity Outreach Toolkit
IMBD in Washington, D.C.
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International Migratory Bird Day 
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is the educational focus of the Connecting Cultures diversity engagement work. The 2013 IMBD theme is the Life Cycles of Migratory Birds. Learn more and participate!
2013 Poster
Art by Barry Kent MacKay
Spanish Language Resources 
We have free Spanish language teaching materials at our website!

Check out the 2013 IMBD PowerPoint presentation in Spanish
League of Conservation Voters-
Online Campaigner, Latino Outreach Program

NRDC & Voces Verdes-
Latino Leaders Fellowship

Environmental Protection Agency
Community Involvement Conference 

Environmental Leadership Program  
National Fellowship

NSF Study Project Partners
Colorado State University
National Park Service
Point Reyes Bird  
New Jersey Audubon
Rocky Mountain Bird
Barr Lake State Park
Wendy Hanophy
Edwin Juarez
  Arizona Game & Fish Department
Kim Ramirez
  Audubon Fellow
Michael Rizo
  USDA Forest Service
Greg Stevens
  American Association of Museums
Fernando Villaba
  National Park Service

STUDY SITES              Bandelier National Monument
  New Mexico
Golden Gate Nat'l Recreation Area/Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore
Fire Island National Seashore
  New York
North Cascades National Park
New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route
  New Jersey
Barr Lake State Park

Great Sand Dunes National
Park & Preserve
Big Thicket National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve

Co-Principal Investigator  Carol Beidleman


Mariamar Gutiérrez

Natasha Kerr

Marcella Wells
Environment for the Americas' diversity outreach programs have increased to include more internship opportunities for Latino youth. We're also concluding our National Science Foundation grant and are excited to share our successes via an online toolkit (visit the site). Many thanks for following our work!

Susan Bonfield  
Susan Bonfield
Environment for the Americas
America's Great Outdoors Interns
Anjelica Quintana and Portland Torres

EFTA interns, Anjelica and Portland, are monitoring shorebirds to collect valuable informatioabout their migrations through the Blanca Wetlands in Southern Colorado. They are also sharing information about these birds in schools and the community. One of their goals is to reach out to youth, particularly Latino youth, and engage them in science careers. 

"Being able to help the members of my community better understand the intensions and goals of the Bureau of Land Management is a great honor."       - Anjelica


"Growing up in Colorado hunting, fishing, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors is an important part of my life. I want to be an environmental steward so everyone can enjoy these activities for years to come!"   -Portland


Both of the interns are majoring in Wildlife Biology at Adams State College and have longterm career goals in natural resources. We thank them for all their enthusiasm and commitment to the Celebrate Shorebirds project. Find out more about their work at the program blog


Thanks to our Celebrate Shorebirds Sponsors

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

U.S. Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management 

Diversity Outreach Toolkit On-Line
Participate! Increase Your Presence In the Community 
The on-line Diversity Toolkit offers  simple ways that your organization may begin an outreach initiative in Latino communitiesOne important step toward engaging Latinos is to participate in community events that are popular with this audience. Where do you begin? 


Firt, learn when public programs and events are taking place that attract Latino families. Consider having an engaging activity booth during the event and share information about your organization. Personally invite the event participants to attend your upcoming programs and request contact information to follow-up with them later. 

Types of events to look for: 

  • Day of the Child (Día de los Niños)
  • Community health fairs
  • Cinco de Mayo events
  • Latin American Independence Day celebrations
  • Back to school night and parent programs 
  • Carnivals & fairs
  • Day of the Dead celebrations 
Lesly & Sammy booth
2012 interns Lesly Caballero & Sammy Chavez hosted a migratory bird education booth at a Latino festival in San Francisco, California. 


Click here for a list Latino holidays and celebrations. Need help? Contact Natasha Kerr ( for more information and visit our Toolkit. 

IMBD event in Washington, D.C.
Connecting Cultures for Migratory Birds
One of the oldest International Migratory Bird Day events, coordinated by Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, celebrated its 23rd year on May 11 in Rock Creek National Park in Washington, D.C. With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Urban Bird Treaty program and the City of Washington, D.C., a team of partners offered a day of activities to promote bird conservation. 
IMBD event tent sign in Washington, D.C.
A focus of the event was to engage Latino communities in the activities, as well as in the presentations. Event posters, social medi
a, radio announcements, and other marketing efforts were in both English and Spanish and provided in Latino-focused media.  A team of enthusiastic, bilingual interns worked with Latino communities to get the word out.  The event itself hosted several musical and dance performances from Latin America, along with Latin cuisine. Efforts were successful, and over 24% of participants were Latino/Hispanic.
An event survey also showed that over 90% of participants had never attended an IMBD event and 42% had never visited Rock Creek National Park. 
We look forward to working with our partners again next year to make this event a success! 
About Environment for the AmericEnvironment for the Americasas 

Environment for the Americas, home of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), is a non-profit organization working to increase awareness of birds and their conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere. We provide the framework and education materials for bird festivals and events, host a directory of bird education resources, offer bird workshops for educators, and motivate people of all ages to get outdoors to learn about birds. Find out more at

Environment for the Americas
Home of International Migratory Bird Day

2601 31st Street
Boulder, Colorado 80301