Environment for the Americas

Conservation - Community - Diversity. EFTA coordinates the largest migratory bird event in the Western Hemisphere, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), which engages communities about migratory birds, threats to their populations, and ways to take action. Learn more at environmentamericas.org

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Youth Internship Programs

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Gaining skills in bird research, community education, collaboration, and more is critical to the next generation of conservationists. EFTA coordinates internship opportunities that provide these skills, with a focus on underserved youth. Our participants participate in 10 week to 5 month internships, gathering data on shorebirds, hummingbirds, and more at sites across the United States. Our training programs provide them with career-building skills that will launch them into careers in natural resources, research, environmental education, and more.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence of success is identified, as described, by the interns' continuation in the field of natural resources or other focus identified during their internship, by their pursuit of a graduate degree, and/or by their continued employment in similar fields.

World Migratory Bird Day

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Description

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is the largest hemispheric celebration of migratory birds, focusing on the spectacular journeys birds make, the threats they face, and how everyone can help to protect them. In the Western Hemisphere, WMBD is hosted at more than 700 sites from Canada to Argentina and the Caribbean. It engages hundreds of thousands of youth and adults in bird walks, presentations, habitat restoration projects, and much more.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence of program success is illustrated by the continued growth in participation, both on the part of host organizations and by community members.

WMBD Mini-Grants

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

World Migratory Bird Day mini-grants provide education materials to groups that do not have sufficient funds. In 2012, grants were awarded to 12 organizations across the Western Hemisphere, including the U.S., Honduras, Mexico, and Peru. Education booklets in English and Spanish were used at youth education programs and conservation bookmarks provided a focus to presentations and a way to motivate bird conservation in communities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2012, 12 new groups participated in International Migratory Bird Day and/or hosted education programs that focused on migratory bird conservation.

World Migratory Bird Day in Boulder

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Families
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Wildlife Enthusiasts

Description

World Migratory Bird Day is EFTA's keystone international program and also our premier local conservation program. This project engages the public in learning about nature in Boulder County, with a focus on birds and the habitats they need to survive. Community participation has resulted in thousands of dollars raised to support habitat restoration projects at Walden Ponds, a premier site for nesting and migrating birds.

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Evidence of Program's Success

IMBD has benefited habitat restoration efforts in Boulder County, including the planting of cottonwoods, willows, and other plants in Walden Ponds since 2010. The program is gaining attention, and we have been approached by other organizations seeking to restore habitat on their lands.

Connecting Cultures

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Description

Connecting Cultures works to engage Latino families in public education programs at natural areas and to study the barriers to participation in public science education programs and visitation to natural areas by this audience. EFTA works with natural areas across the United States, including wildlife refuges and national parks.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In Boulder County, EFTA has worked with partners to engage Latino participants in STEM programs. Our results show that we doubled participation by this audience in Saturday programs at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Family Day programs. We have also successfully employed and trained local Latino youth who are now in positions at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, and other natural resource organizations.

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