|Guatemala Celebrates IMBD
Forty participants took part in a scholarly
Day celebration in Guatemala last month.
by Guatemala’s Partners in Flight Coordinator,
Daniel Tenez (pictured with the IMBD poster),
activities included a meeting of the Guatemalan
Ornithology, a symposium of Guatemalan
and updates of PIF activities.
|Teaching About Birds in Culture
Nature symbols have always been important to
Native Peoples, and birds appear frequently
in stories, art, dance, and ceremonies as
messengers, healers, and protectors.
Swans represent purity, wisdom, and grace to
many Tribes, such as the Aztec, Mayan, and
Cherokee. For the Confederated Salish and
Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of Montana, this
respect for swans has become a modern-day
conservation success story. The Tribe has
USFWS, Canadian Wildlife Service, and Montana
Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to
Trumpeter Swans on their lands. Today, there
are 8 nesting
In 2009, take a look at the bird species that
are important to the Native Peoples of your
area. It is an ideal opportunity to discuss
conservation of these species. Visit our
link below to learn more about CSKT bird
conservation projects and find a swan
activity to use at your event.
|National Park Service ~ Featured Sponsor
We want you to meet some of the organizations
that help Environment for the Americas (EFTA)
implement bird conservation education
National Park Service (NPS) Park Flight
Migratory Bird Program works to protect
shared migratory bird species and their
habitats in national parks and protected
areas in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and
the Caribbean through bird monitoring and
education programs and technical exchange. It
has also supported International Migratory
Bird Day for almost 10 years.
The Park Flight Program has focused its
sponsorship on providing translation and printing
of education materials in Spanish. Park
Flight Program Coordinator
Carol Beidleman (at left), is the
energy behind the success of the program.
She also works with EFTA to ensure that
Spanish and English language materials are
National Parks throughout the U.S. To
learn more about Park Flight, email
Carol at Carol_Beidleman@nps.gov.
|Join the Bird Education Alliance for Conservation
On Thursday, February 26th, the Bird
Education Alliance for Conservation (BEAC)
will meet to advance its bird conservation
initiatives. Join the group in a celebration
of its accomplishments, interactive working
sessions, goal-setting for 2009, and more.
Give the Gift of Birds
Looking for some birdy gifts or
stocking stuffers for the holidays? Be sure
to shop with us. Our bird education
materials are not only informative, they’re
also fun. Bird puzzles, singing birds, great
books for kids and adults,
notecards, and even jewelry will make your
bird buddy happy.
And every time you shop with us, you help
promote bird education. Environment for the
Americas donates materials for use in
programs throughout the Western Hemisphere.
All proceeds from sales support our efforts,
as well as
those of educators at parks, refuges, bird
observatories, schools, libraries, and more.
Shop early for the holidays….