January 2014                                 
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Did You Vote?
What's your preference? Turquoise or Yellow? Do you like the green? It isn't too late to have a say in the design of the 2014 International Migratory Bird Day poster. Your opinions are important to us, and they help us to determine the final design. 

IMBD 2013 Accomplishments  
International Migratory Bird Day 2013 was the most successful ever, with over 600 events, festivals and programs. Thanks to our sponsors, partners, and host sites, we also created new education materials, donated materials to over 20 organizations, presented at conferences, and worked with organizers to diversify their visitors and participants.
Check the EFTA website regularly for information about the 2014 conservation theme. Use new crafts and activities that help teach about birds and the ecosystem services they provide.
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
Support Bird Conservation Education
Support bird conservation education through EFTA. EFTA works with education programs, organizations, and youth throughout the Western Hemisphere. Your donations help us accomplish the following: 
  • provide materials to sites hosting Migratory Bird Day events; 
  • offer internships to youth who want to gain skills in bird research and bird conservation education; and 
  • develop new education materials that help the public understand threats to birds.

Every contribution helps!


Feature Resources: A Plague of Insects
Get ready for IMBD 2014 with some activities about birds and the ecosystem services they provide. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has some wonderful fact sheets that detail how birds help to control insect populations.


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
Ornithological Society of North America is one of the best places to search for jobs, internships, and other opportunities. Visit their site to learn more about upcoming opportunities.                                      

Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative will host its next meeting March 21-22 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Stay tuned for more information!
EFTA has an internship in Monterey, CA for an enthusiastic youth (18 - 25 years) interested in conducting shorebird surveys and providing education programs in Latino communities. For more information, visit the online application.

Email: bday@birdday.org
Web: www.birdday.org
Phone: 1.866.334.3330
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Reaching Diverse Audiences
EFTA's research on ways to improve participation in bird activities has shown the importance of language. Especially for first generation Latina/o residents in the U.S., materials in Spanish are helpful and appreciated. 


To improve awareness of bird conservation with our Latina/o partners both in the U.S. and outside the country, EFTA offers Spanish translations wherever possible. Be sure to visit our website to find bilingual education materials.
IMBD Themes: 
Past & Present

Bird Day Event Ideas

Connecting Cultures

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Environment for the Americas
This newsletter is brought to you by Environment for the Americas, home of International Migratory Bird Day. Learn more at www.birdday.org