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Flying WILD Notes is a national newsletter published by the Council for Environmental Education to spotlight the Flying WILD program. Within it you may find news about new initiatives, partners joining the Flying WILD program, milestones and accomplishments of existing program partners from around the country, and noteworthy national events.

Current Issue: December 2008

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Reminder!! Flying WILD City Partners are meeting February 21st, prior to the opening of Bird Conservation through Education: A National Gathering, February 22-26, in Jekyll Island, Georgia. The meeting will include an interactive session with other City Partners as we share our experiences with Flying WILD.

We need all Flying WILD City Partners to make their reservations with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel as soon as possible in to assist our planning. Room drops will begin December 20th so secure your room now!

CEE is in its second round of accepting stipend applications, providing up to $450 for Flying WILD City Partners to attend this first-time event through the generous support of EPA's Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP). Nearly $5,000 in funds has already been awarded in our first round alone!

Remember, in order to receive a stipend you must apply. Please e-mail, fax, or mail your request to CEE using the information provided in the stipend application. The stipend is available to the designated contact or associate contacts for Flying WILD City Partners, preferably an employee of the sponsoring group(s) listed in the Flying WILD MOU with CEE.

With the marvelous backdrop of Jekyll Island, surrounded by marshes, remote beaches and great birding, we hope everyone from the Flying WILD City Partner network will join us for what promises to be an outstanding event.

For more details on location, hotel rates, field trips, and developing conference specifics, see the BEN website.


The Flying WILD network continues to spread its wings with the addition of two  new City Partners! 

Meet the newest members  of the Flying WILD City Partner network:  

Portlant Parks & Recreation, Portland, Oregon
The city of Portland, Oregon has participated in the Urban Migratory Bird Conservation Treaty since 2003 as a pilot city with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The city's activities have included designating a  natural resource area as a Migratory Bird Park, organizing a yearly Bird Festival, and working on joint bird protection projects with 31 partner organizations in the metropolitan area. Using Flying WILD to train teachers has been one of the goals of Portland's educational efforts under the treaty program. Providing opportunities to use Flying WILD curriculum in schools and other venues is seen as a way to increase local support for the Migratory Bird Treaty Program and develop a greater sense of  understanding of Portland's birding areas.

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, Maryland
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art strives to lead the way for advancing the understanding of wildfowl art and the interrelationships of art, nature and culture.  The Museum is home to a premier educational facility for the study of material culture, living traditions, and environmental concerns for the school children, scholars, and artists who are a part of the community the museum serves. Over 10,000 children enjoy the diverse programs annually. Topical seminars, classes, demonstrations, lectures, and summer camps promote wildfowl art, heritage and environmental awareness.  The education department provides professional development and educational resources for formal and non-formal educators through trainings and workshops.

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