It may be summer, but plans are already underway for
International Migratory Bird Day 2009. We’re hard at work developing
the art and new activities for your events. Keep reading for
information about the winning conservation theme title and more!
|Connecting People to Nature through Birds
"Connecting People to Nature through Birds" is a 4-day
course offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The
course helps educators, biologists, and volunteers gain
confidence in their bird identification skills, teaches
techniques for instructing others about birds, and provides
many ideas for activities to incorporate with youth and
At week’s end, participants gave all aspects of the course,
from instructors to course topics, excellent ratings. Look for
information about the dates for 2009 and visit the 2008
|IMBD Celebrated in Nicaragua
At the Partners in Flight meeting in Texas, IMBD staff met
with partners in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America to
ensure that Spanish and French event materials are available
Salvadora Morales of Proyecto Ometepe in Nicaragua used
posters and education magazines in an event for local youth.
Bird walks, information from guides, and other activities
provided a new opportunity for local youth to learn about
The official date for IMBD in Canada and the United States
is the second Saturday in May. Partners in Latin America have
selected in the second Saturday in October as the date for
celebrations to the south. But of course, organizers should
hold events when it best suits them and the birds!
|Act for Birds!
Alicia King of the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is on
the road and stopped to visit Environment for the Americas in
Boulder, Colorado. Alicia is spreading the word about the
importance of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act
About 500 of the nearly 800 bird species in the U.S. are
migratory, and the Act is a vital source that sustains them.
Learn more about the Act, what ABC is doing to ensure that it
is reauthorized, and how you can be involved in bird
IMBD 2009 Title Chosen
Two hundred IMBD organizers and educators took part in
a lively discussion about the title for the 2009 event. We
have compiled the results and are pleased to announce that the
winner is "Celebrating Birds in Culture." The results of the
voting, which was open for almost two months, are:
22%: Celebrating Birds in Culture
14%: Winged Natives: Saving Birds by Connecting
14%: Celebrating the Wings of Culture
10%: Spreading the Wings of Culture
40% voted for the six remaining titles.
We also received 43 recommended edits to the title and lots
of information and ideas about what people like to see in an
IMBD title. Thank you for taking part in the program!