September 2014           
Environment for the Americas Newsletter                 
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First International Migratory Bird Festival: Granada, Nicaragua  
Susan Gilchrist (1947-2014)
This November communities in Granada, Nicaragua will celebrate IMBD with school group activities, guided bird walks, art workshops, arts & crafts, and presentations. There will be a special activity in memory of Susan Gilchrist, an educator and bird conservationist who passed away this year. Susan was born in the U.S. and made an important impact on international initiatives benefiting birds and their habitats. During the festival, there will be a school mural created in memory of Susan Gilchrist. If you would like to participate as part of a delegation to the festival or if you would like to make a donation towards the creation of the mural, please contact 
Mexico Celebrates International Migratory Bird Day 
Meet our coordinator in Mexico- Juan Pablo Medina: 
He is a biologist from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. He was a Park Flight volunteer through the U.S. National Park Service and worked with owls and passerines. He helped Environment for the Americas on IMBD related education in Washington state in 2009. Currently he is the director of a bird banding and observation center in Toluca. Juan Pablo partners will public schools, small farming communities, and municipalities on issues relating to environmental education, ecotourism, and land and wildlife management. This year he is collaborating with "Alas Metropolitanas" in the state of Toluca and Mexico City to share the IMBD conservation message with thousands of families. He is presenting on IMBD at the Waterbird Society/CIPAMEX meeting in Mexico. To find out more on IMBD in Mexico, contact or Facebook
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IMBD in Toluca, Mexico 
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2014 Theme: Why Birds Matter 
The Benefits of Birds to Humans and Nature 

Not everyone is aware of the diversity of birds around the world, the amazing migrations some take, and the phenomenal range of behaviors, plumages, and songs they exhibit. International Migratory Bird Day 2014 shares the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course, to us. 

Some bird species provide practical solutions to problems, such as the need for insect and rodent control. Others disperse seeds, helping to revegetate disturbed areas. Others are pollinators, ensuring that we are graced with flowering plants, trees, and shrubs. Beyond the utilitarian, birds are inspirations for the arts. 

Amadeus Mozart had a pet starling that motivated the opening theme of the Third Movement of his Piano Concerto No. 17 in G. Beethoven used the songs of thrushes and blackbirds, and many musical pieces contain the call of the cuckoo. Paintings, poetry, and of course the IMBD 2014 hammered steel drum art all express the intangible joy birds provide us every day. Join us in raising awareness of birds and why they matter through International Migratory Bird Day.  

The official date of IMBD in the U.S. and Canada is the second Saturday in May. In the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, IMBD is celebrated the second Saturday of October (Oct. 11, 2014). The celebration welcomes birds that have returned from their breeding grounds in the North. Since migratory birds do not migrate on one specific date, IMBD activities can take place whenever birds return to their non-breeding grounds. Bird Day is everyday! For more information, please visit our website

Environment for the Americas 


International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is an initiative in collaboration with many partners throughout the Western Hemisphere and is coordinated by a non-profit organization- Environment for the Americas (EFTA). IMBD was established in 1991 and is a celebration of one of the most fascinating and important natural phenomenons of the life cycle of a migratory bird- its journey between breeding and non-breeding grounds. IMBD creates awareness to the general public on the importance of conserving bird habitat and wildlife. IMBD is celebrated in more than 600 sites throughout the Western Hemisphere through festivals, bird walks, lectures, habitat restoration, and many other activities. For more information on Environment for the Americas: 

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Phone: 1.866.334.3330
Thanks to the Colombian non-profit, Calidris, for all of their support in this project.
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Educational Resources
On our website we have teaching tools, artwork, and marketing images on the 2014 and previous IMBD themes. We offer lots of free and downloadable resources.
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Susan Bonfield, PhD

Executive Director

Natasha Kerr
International Coordinator

Shylda Diaz & Anthony Levesque
Caribbean Region

Ingrid Flores
Puerto Rico 

Erica Gaeta
Intern- Colombia 

Mayron Mejia 
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