From 2009 to 2013, Environment for the Americas worked with partners across the U.S. to examine ways to improve Latino visitation to natural areas and participation in science and outdoor experiences. Team Naturaleza in Washington’s Wenatchee River Valley is a result of outreach in that area. With the support from multiple agencies, including U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other non-governmental agencies, the community works together to introduce youth and adults to the Valley’s natural resources.
Learn more about Team Naturaleza on their Facebook page.
Amigos Alados links classrooms in California and Mexico, so that as penpals the students can study and communicate about the migratory songbirds they share. Through their relationships, the children build a greater understanding of the dangers songbirds face at both ends and all along their migratory paths. The Amigos Alados project engages students in environmental education and conservation action. Visit the Amigos Alados website for more information.
Join families in a celebration of wetlands and their importance to migratory birds. In 2020, Wetland Link connects us in learning how birds connect our world…from wetland to wetland.
Wetland Link International – Submit your stories of wetlands and birds!
Wetland Link International (WLI) and Environment for the Americas join efforts to raise awareness about wetlands and to connect students around the world through studies of wetlands and the birds that depend on them through the Connecting Birds and Schools program.
Every day is bird day in wetlands. Around the world, wetlands provide habitat for migratory birds when they feed, rest, and nest. Birds connect our world and they connect us to the wetlands in our communities. The 2020 WMBD conservation theme, Birds Connect Our World, focuses on the different ways we can track bird migration and how that knowledge can inform conservation – and you can help, too!
Connecting Birds and Schools started in Europe in 2017 with Wetlands Link International (WLI), and schools visiting wetland sites and then meeting together via video conference to discuss their findings. At the moment, however, schools are closed and we are all practicing social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. But migratory birds are still migrating, many wetlands are still open for visiting, and we still need to connect with nature and our wetlands.
If you are able, visit a nearby wetland and look for signs of spring migration to learn about birds and wetlands! Think about the WMBD conservation theme, Birds Connect Our World, and discuss the ways the birds you see can be tracked; for example, do you see a band on the bird’s leg?
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
OBSERVING BIRDS IN WETLANDS