June 2014                                       
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Cast Your Vote for the 2015 IMBD Conservation Theme
The International Migratory Bird Day conservation theme is critical to this program. It drives the messages that people hear about birds and their conservation and provides solutions in which they can participate. For 2015 and 2016, we have theme nominations that range from a focus on habitat or invasive species to citizen science or the mysteries of migration. Help direct the course of IMBD by casting your vote...the 'ballot' takes less than 2 minutes to complete.


IMBD Set to Exceed 600 Events

We've done it again! The number of International Migratory Bird Day events is approaching 600, and we are looking forward to the fall events that will be hosted throughout the hemisphere. The number of IMBD events may even exceed 2013 participation of 620 events.


Didn't Participate in Spring? No problem, because IMBD may be hosted when it works best for you and the birds. Fall events in Canada and the U.S. are effective ways of teaching about the importance of wintering grounds. Partners in Latin America and the Caribbean will be celebrating the return of migratory birds. 

Why Birds Matter: Watch some 2014 event videos and learn why birds matter to kids, 
their parents, birdwatchers, the Fraser River Delta, and more.
Statement to the House  British Columbia, Canada 
Why Birds Matter  Boulder, Colorado
Why Birds Matter  Anchorage, Alaska
Why Birds Matter  Lacrosse, Wisconsin 
Why Birds Matter  Albuquerque, New Mexico
Why Birds Matter  Portland, Oregon

Many thanks to our Migratory Bird Day 2014 Sponsors
                           USFWS PIF Logo DODBLM                     
                                              TITLE SPONSORS                      PROGRAM SPONSORS
IMBD Partners
Birds & Beans Coffee * Birdzilla * Get to Know *Songbird Essentials * Pepco Holdings, Inc. * Optics for the Tropics * U.S. Geological Survey * American Bird Conservancy * Boreal Songbird Initiative


IMBD Regional Partners  Nature Canada * Society for the Conservation & Study of Caribbean Birds
Young Artists Awarded in Washington, D.C.
Alyx Lu painted Wilson's Warblers, a migratory species.

Participants in the 2013 International Migratory Bird Day Get to Know contest were recognized in Washington, DC. at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery.


The art and photo entries all have something special in common: they depict species of migratory birds from across Canada and the United States. Of the hundreds of entries to the Get to Know 2013 International Migratory Bird Day contest, 80 pieces were selected for the gallery exhibit. 


The young artists and photographers were congratulated at an event hosted by Pepco Holdings Inc. Heading to Washington, D.C.? Visit the exhibit until July 3rd. The Gallery is located at 702 Eighth Street, NW, across the street from the Archives Metro stop.

Int'l Migratory Bird Day-Get to Know Art Gallery

Bird Course Heads to Alaska
Connecting People to Nature through Birds is a course designed to give you all the tools, materials, and background you need to start offering bird-focused education programs at your natural area. This highly-rated training includes information about:
  • bird conservation issues, 
  • reaching diverse audiences, 
  • how to teach program participants to use a field guide
  • And much more!
Feature Resources: Educational Videos
Videos are a good way to share information about birds, and shorter clips may be combined with activities. 


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. 

Audubon Society of Greater Denver is seeking a Community Outreach Coordinator to plan, develop, and implement youth and family events at the Audubon Center in Chatfield State Park and at other sites. Submit cover letter, résumé, three references contacts, and compensation history to Karl Brummert, Executive Director, via e-mail kbrummert@denveraudubon.org. Deadline: July 8 2014
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are hiring for our Nebraska Wildlife Education Intern.For more information, contact Kacie Miller at kacie.miller@rmbo.org. 

EFTA will be posting information about 2014 - 2015 internships for Latino youth ages 18 - 25 years. Contact Natasha Kerr at nkerr@birdday.org if you are interested.

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Phone: 1.866.334.3330
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Engaging Latinos in Informal Science Education

EFTA's 4-year research project showed the importance of knowing how to promote your programs to your audience. Surveys at a Junior Ranger Day event at Fire Island National Seashore in New York illustrated the different ways groups learn about programs.
IMBD Themes: 
Past & Present

Bird Day Event Ideas

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