AMERICA's GREAT OUTDOORS GRANT DESCRIPTION
Environment for the Americas (EFTA) will collaborate with U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management on Celebra las Playeras (Celebrate Shorebirds), a comprehensive approach to engaging Latinos in natural resource careers and conservation action through internships at five sites. EFTA will recruit 8 Latino interns (U.S. citizen or legal resident; ages 18-25) from colleges and local communities, especially youth who live near research sites to help create long-term relationships between agencies and nearby Latino communities. Interns will serve as role models, and increase awareness of conservation issues and careers in conservation. They will also engage in field research, data collection, and environmental education at sites in California, Colorado, and Alaska where monitoring shorebird populations is a priority.