Environment for the Americas

CONSERVATION - COMMUNITY - DIVERSITY EFTA coordinates the largest conservation-focused migratory bird event in the Western Hemisphere, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). We offer a variety of educational programs as well as diversity internship programs. Learn more at www.environmentamericas.org

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Diversity Internship Program

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
General population
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Environment for the Americas recruits and mentors over as many as 100 underrepresented youth each year. We work with non-governmental organizations and federal agencies to place participants in meaningful internships. Opportunities at national parks, national forests, and with partners, such as Audubon chapters, place them side-by-side with biologists, researchers, historians, archivists, hydrologists, and other professionals. Our goal is to diversify the field of natural resources and to motivate the next generation of conservationists.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our interns are placed across the United States and its territories. Participants and partners give Environment for the Americas high marks for our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and to providing unique and valuable experiences. Please visit other websites at MosaicsinScience.org and LatinoHeritageIntern.org for more information.

Amigos Alados

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Teachers

Description

Amigos Alados connects youth in Mexico and California in the study and conservation of the migratory birds that we share.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Between 2007 and 2019, Amigos Alados has grown from serving 80 children (four classes at two schools) to serving 858 children (35 classes in 15 schools) in California and Mexico. Along with its bilingual pen pal program, Amigos Alados delivers ornithology workshops and naturalist-led bird observation walks to participating classes. Teachers say that participating in the program leads their students to greater cultural and environmental awareness and appreciation. Students who have participated in the program in Mexico report that they urge family members to release caged wild birds and that they would never use slingshots to kill birds, which is a popular sport there. Amigos Alados students become advocates for birds and the environment in general.

Hummingbird Conservation

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

Environment for the Americas coordinates research and education on declining populations of migratory hummingbirds. Rufous Hummingbird, an avian dynamo, travels from Alaska to Mexico, bombarding our feeders along the way. Populations of this spirited hummingbird, however, have been declining rapidly, and we're trying to learn why.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Through the Western Hummingbird Partnership, which EFTA coordinates, we have helped to fund research and education projects in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Our work has motivated hummingbird education programs, a study of the impacts of fire on hummingbirds, and an assessment of Rufous Hummingbird research.

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.

Team Naturaleza

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Description

Team Naturaleza connects diverse families to the outdoors in Washington's Central Valley. Snowshoeing, birdwatching, hiking, and service projects on public lands are just a few of our activities. Your contribution supports our work and makes new connections for conservation.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Team Naturaleza grew from EFTA's work to engage diverse audiences at programs in natural areas across the U.S. It now has a coordinator and regular programming that motivates local participation from youth, adults, and families.

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