Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Young Adults (20-25 years)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group
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.
Evidence of program success is illustrated by the continued growth in participation, both on the part of host organizations and by community members.