Connecting Cultures Newsletter 
from Environment for the Americas
 March 2015
In This Issue
Latino Heritage Internship Program
Conference Presentation
Celebrate Shorebirds Internship Program
International Migratory Bird Day
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Meet Oscar Garzon 

Oscar Garzon received a 
wildlife, fish, and conservation biology degree from the University of California- Davis. 
He is interning at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Oregon in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management. Check out the blog to get updates from Oscar and other Celebrate Shorebird interns. 


Latino Engagement Toolkit
Please visit EFTA's "Engaging Latino Audiences in Informal Science Education" Key Findings Report

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

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 and learn about birds. Find out more at


National Park Service Latino Heritage Internship 

Environment for the Americas is excited to announce the launching of a new program in collaboration with the National Park Service. The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) will raise awareness of our national parks and historic sites and address the need for the Latino community's involvement in their preservation. For this purpose, EFTA will select and oversee twenty highly motivated  students to work alongside NPS staff on cultural resources projects in parks throughout the nation. Students will have substantive assignments in their areas of study, work closely with NPS staff day-to-day and receive additional mentoring and support through EFTA. These ten-week internships will be compensated with a weekly stipend, and housing and transportation costs will be fully covered. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2015. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our website. 
Diversity Engagement Presentation

EFTA will present on its Latino engagement work during the Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century
Conference at the University of California- Berkeley.  The

two and a half day summit at UC Berkeley will feature a keynote speech on the mission of parks by Edward O. Wilson, plus 16 plenary lectures or panels by leading natural, physical, and social scientists. Major topics include:

  • the relevancy of the National Park Service (NPS) mission today
  • scientific and management implications of the NPS mission in a changing world
  • social and cultural dimensions for advancing the NPS mission. 

Click here for more information on the conference.

Celebrate Shorebirds Internship Program

The Celebrate Shorebirds internship program enters its third year. Nine interns participated in an intensive weeklong training in San Diego, CA where they learned shorebird identification, how to conduct fieldwork, techniques for Latino community engagement, and they learned about environmental education tools. Interns will conduct Pacific Flyway Shorebird Surveys for the spring migratory season and get involved with  environmental education and outreach. Visit our blog to learn more about the 2015 intern adventures: Celebrate Shorebirds Program.
2015 Celebrate Shorebirds interns & facilitators. 
Thank you to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Point Blue Conservation Science, Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Forest Service, and L.A. Audubon for the continued support! 
International Migratory Bird Day
International Migratory Bird Day 2015 poster. Art by Amelia Hansen. 

Environment for the Americas coordinates the International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) initiative. Teaching materials for the 2015 theme are in English & Spanish. Power point presentations, infographic posters, and other educational activities can be downloaded for free from our website.

March 27-28th in  Denver, CO. 

Green Youth Foundation: Youth Corps
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: Internship
Vida Verde: Job Openings