Our team

EFTA's people come from all over the world

They bring the skills we need to speak multiple languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin), first-hand understanding of the communities where we work, and a wealth of knowledge about migratory birds and their conservation.

Our Board of Directors

Ted Cheskey – Senior Naturalist, Nature Canada

Joni Ellis – Director, Optics for the Tropics

Adam Kent – Avian Research and Conservation Institute

Claudia Lewis – Consultant

Lisa Sorenson – Director, BirdsCaribbean

Anne Zimmerman – US Forest Service, Retired

World Migratory Bird Day

Our international team spent 3 days in the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve organizing World Migratory Bird Day 2019.

Partners at the Convention on Migratory Species hosted a meeting at the United Nations campus in Bonn, Germany to coordinate World Migratory Bird Day across the globe.

Artist Arnaldo Toledo of Cuba joined our team to create a powerful illustration for our Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution campaign.

More than 600 partners across the Western Hemisphere hosted World Migratory Bird Day events, activities, cleanups, and education programs that raised awareness of plastic pollution and its impacts on birds. 


A unique collaboration with NASA, L.A. Audubon, Cal Poly Pomona and Klamath Bird Observatory brought together remote sensing, education, and on-the-ground field research to examine the impacts of fire on birds of the Angeles National Forest in California. 

A tough crew headed to the Angeles National Forest in California to complete bird surveys in one of the most rugged sites in the Western U.S.

We documented the importance of specific chaparral plant species to hummingbirds.

Our research highlighted how NASA technology can be used to inform bird conservation by providing habitat maps of landscapes...even those as rugged as the Angeles National Forest.

With our partners at L.A. Audubon, we connected youth to science careers. 

Western Hummingbird Partnership

EFTA facilitates the Western Hummingbird Partnership by bringing together biologists and educators from Canada, the United States, and Mexico to identify how we can better protect these tiny, but mighty travelers. 

Hummingbirds need flowers to survive, and we're working to make sure they have them along their migration.

Connecting our next generation of conservationists is critical to hummingbird conservation, and we develop education materials and programs to make that happen.

Diversity Internship Programs

We recruited over 50 diverse youth for positions with Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service.

Because of the caliber and quality of our engagement of diverse youth, the Corps Network accredited our internship programs after a rigorous review process. 

Our internship experiences connect youth to research, education, interpretation, and history.


We donated bird conservation education materials to more than 120 locations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. A value of more than $15,000.

Through our internship programs, we invested over $100,000 to connect diverse youth to conservation careers.