Background and objectives
Birds are considered substantial components of ecosystems and, therefore, should be integrated into a broad strategy of conservation and development of biodiversity for the Yucatan Peninsula.
Birds are of great importance because its ecological indicators as they are part of the food chain, in addition they providing environmental services such as regulators of populations, seed dispersers, pollinators and others.
However, this group is not exempt from threats that put at risk their permanence in their distribution environments, human activities such as livestock; agriculture; tourist developments; land-use change; pollution, ornamental birds; among many others, having consequences in the populations of diverse species, and of special relevance to those that are in some category of risk.
How and where do we work?
This strategy at the local level should be framed in the relationship between large-scale adaptive and ecological phenomena and population processes and long-term development scenarios, directly addressing the need to design environments that benefit both wildlife and humans on a sustainable basis.
The Bird Conservation Program has the following strategies:
- Populations and habitats evaluation through monitoring using standardized avian ecology fields methods (point-counts, capturing and marking).
- Assessment of the recovery of critical habitats, particularly the mangrove forests of the northern Yucatan Peninsula, which are important areas for species dependent.
- Strengthening of local capacities through the formation of community biological monitors and nature guides.
Festival de las Aves Toh and Festival de Aviturismo de Campeche
As part of the Ecotourism and Biodiversity Program in conjunction with the Bird Conservation and the organizing committee, Festival de las Aves Toh has been held for more than 15 years. and the Festival de Aviturismo de Campeche with the purpose of promoting the conservation and appreciation of birds through:
- Environmental education through teaching courses to the general public for the development of bird watching in order to raise awareness about the ecological importance of birds.
- Photography workshops to encourage appreciation for nature.
- Act as judge of the activities of the festivals (photography competition, drawing, as well as reviewer of the listings generated during the Xoc Chi’ich Marathon).
Last five years funding
North American Wetlands Conservation Act – U.S
Fish and Wildlife Service
Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR).