Connecting Cultures Newsletter 
from Environment for the Americas

 July 2014
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Renewed Funding
Latino Engagement Research
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Intern Happenings
Intern Deisy Hernandez took part in owl research in Colorado's San Luis Valley.

EFTA's 2014 interns are nearing the end of their experiences. They have accomplished a lot in just 5 months, including:

Migratory Bird Day events,

data on migratory shorebirds,

shorebird nesting surveys, & 

Preparing research reports.

Recruitment for 2015 internships has already begun. To learn more, contact Natasha Kerr at  


International Migratory 
Bird Day 
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is the educational focus of the Connecting Cultures diversity engagement work. The 2014 IMBD theme is Why Birds Matter- The Benefits of Birds to Humans & Nature. Learn more and participate!

Spanish Language Resources 
Find free Spanish language teaching materials at our website!

Use the 2014 International Migratory Bird Day PowerPoint presentation in Spanish
Latino Engagement Resources
Visit our toolkit for resources on demographics, diversity recruitment, education and public policy issues. Contact Natasha Kerr ( for more information.
America's Great Outdoors Funding Announcement


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Arthur Blazer, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, announced the 2015 America's Great Outdoors 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) recipients. We are excited to announce that EFTA's Celebrate Shorebirds program was awarded a third year of funding. Thanks to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, US Department of Interior, US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Bureau of Reclamation, and Wells Fargo we can offer this unique and extremely valuable internship opportunity to Latino/a youth. 

The 2015 interns will build on the wildlife research, community outreach, and environmental educational programs established by previous interns. They will also gain valuable research skills and environmental education techniques that will help them compete for jobs in natural resources.


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Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, announcesd the 2015 America's Great Outdoors recipients at the 

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. 


Reaching Your Audience
The results are loud and clear! To reach your target audience, you must deliver information about your programs in effective ways. At Fire Island National Seashore in New York, we studied how Junior Ranger Day participants learned about this event. Our results showed a striking difference between how Latinos and non-Latinos received information. 
Need assistance reaching Latino audiences in your community? EFTA has increased Latino participation in events across the U.S. Contact us for more information.
Environment for the Americas
Environment for the Americas (EFTA), 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. EFTA provides the framework and education materials for bird festivals and events, hosts a directory of bird education resources, offers bird workshops for educators, and motivates people of all ages to get outdoors to learn about birds. Find out more at