November 2014                      Newsletter from Environment for the Americas            
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Vote On the IMBD 2015 Title 
Artist Amelia Hansen is working on the International Migratory Bird Day 2015 art. We are excited to see the early sketches. Help us develop the 2015 theme focused on restoring bird habitats. Vote by clicking here or propose a different title. Thanks everyone!

Meet Laila Yunes Jiménez
Laila Yunes Jiménez, a former EFTA intern from Mexico, is visiting Environment for the Americas (EFTA) in Boulder, Colorado. 
Laila is a biologist from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where she worked with bird vocalization and behavior. However, her interest in education and working with children has changed her career path. She was an environmental educator at Ecoguardas Environmental Center, a guide at a science museum, and a workshop leader for teachers and children on scientific themes. In 2010, she participated in EFTA's research on Latino engagement in informal science education. During this time she found the inspiration for her master's research, which focuses on youth and their attitudes toward and knowledge about birds in rural communities in the state of Chiapas. 
Check out the video link on her project. 
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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Executive Director 

Natasha Kerr
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Sheylda Diaz & Anthony Levesque

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