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

August 2013
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America's Great Outdoors
Diversity Outreach Toolkit
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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
Environment for the Americas-
Latino Engagement Intern

NRDC & Voces Verdes-
Latino Leaders Fellowship

Increasing Equity and Diversity in the STEM Workforce: Issues and Strategies

National Hispanic Environmental Council

Minority Youth Environmental Training Institute

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
Renewed Support 
EFTA received renewed funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for its Latina/o internship program. In 2014, we will again recruit 8 interns who will be placed at sites across the U.S. to study migratory shorebirds and serve as educators in Latino communities. If you know of a young Latina/o ages 18 - 25 years interested in natural resources, birds, research, and education, please share this news!

Thank-you to Celebrate Shorebirds Sponsors: 
America's Great Outdoors 

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Bureau of Reclamation 

U.S. Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management 

Intern Highlight - Lesly Caballero 
Lesly monitoring nest island
Lesly monitoring nest islands. 
You may remember Lesly Caballero from a previous environmental education internship with EFTA. Now, as an America's Great Outdoors intern, she is experiencing fieldwork by doing shorebird and Dusky Canada Goose monitoring, invasive plant removal, and artificial nest rehabilitation. Lesly also helped facilitate the Spanish & English language WetlandsLIVE program and assisted with the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival.   


Lesly is a student at Santa Rosa Junior College, California and is pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies. In the past, she volunteered for Petaluma Bounty creating awareness on environmental sustainability and nutritional issues and was an interpretive intern at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California. Keep up with Lesly's amazing adventures on her program blog 

        Lesly with WetlandsLIVE participants in Alaska


Diversity Outreach Toolkit On-Line
Enhance your  Awareness 
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 for you to do some quick research and enhance your awareness of local issues pertaining to your targeted communities. 


Familiarize yourself with the communities you are trying to reach. Find information on demographic composition, English language proficiency, local news stories in Latino media, and identify schools and other Latino-serving organizations to partner with.    


Click here for resources on demographics, diversity recruitment, education and cultural public policy issues. Need help? Contact Natasha Kerr ( for more information and visit our Toolkit. 

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