October 2014       Newsletter from Environment for the Americas
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From Alaska to Colombia- Intern Erica Gaeta Follows Migratory Birds 
Erica Gaeta of Los Angeles, CA. is a 2014 Celebrate Shorebirds intern. She has surveyed tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds in Cordova, Alaska and helped with environmental education programs for the Copper River Shorebird Festival. This fall, Erica continues her internship with the nonprofit organization, Calidris Association, in Cali, Colombia. Erica will monitor shorebirds and work on projects involving bird habitat conservation in rice and coffee fields. She will also offer bird-focused activities at a festival in Cartagena and in schools. Find out more about Erica's adventure by reading her Blog

A special thanks to the Calidris organization for all the support with this collaboration. 
Erica Gaeta with participants in her IMBD event with the environmental education group
 Ojo de Agua in Santander de Quilichao, Colombia. 
Educational Resources
Latin America and the Caribbean celebrate International Migratory  Bird Day from September- November as migratory birds return to non-breeding sites. EFTA offers teaching tools, artwork, and marketing images on the 2014 conservation theme, Why Birds Matter. Find free and downloadable resources: Power Point presentations, arts & crafts, games, infographics, and much more. Visit our webpage! 

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:

Visit our website for more information on contact nkerr@birdday.org.  

Email: bday@birdday.org
Web: www.birdday.org
Phone: 1.866.334.3330
                 Interactive Infographic 

IMBD in Honduras
Mayron McKewey Mejia, IMBD Honduras Coordinator, is co-founder of the Association of Honduran Ornithology (ASHO) and co-editor of a weekly newsletter "El Esmeralda." He is also the coordinator for the birding club Los Alzacuanes (coALA), editor of the official list of Honduran birds to which he has contributed more than 6 new records in the last 6 years. In the last 3 years he has recorded more than 200 calls of more than 150 species of birds in the Latin America region, mostly in Honduras. Mayron currently works monitoring the wintering habits of Setophaga chrysopatia in the pine oak forests of Honduras.To learn more about IMBD in Honduras:
hondurasbiologica@gmail.com or Facebook

 IMBD in the news: El Heraldo- Honduras. 

Register your activity 
Share your pictures with us on flickr and register your event. We have more than 600 activities registered so far. Help us reach 700. Contact nkerr@birdday.org with details on your program. 
IMBD Staff

Susan Bonfield, PhD

Executive Director 

Natasha Kerr
International Coordinator 

Sheylda Diaz & Anthony Levesque

Ingrid Flores
Puerto Rico 

Erica Gaeta
Intern- Colombia 

Mayron Mejia 
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Juan Pablo Medina       
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Alejandro Pinto
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