There’s still time to register for BIRD-A-THON XOC CH’ICH’ 2015, which kicks off Friday Nov. 20 in Merida. To sign up for the event, one of the longest-running and most exciting birding experiences in Mexico, visit!birdmaraton/ctae.

Yucatan’s 466 resident and migratory bird species are waiting to be sighted and identified in the 14th annual edition of the Bird-a-Thon, which concludes Sunday in Celestun and is part of the “Festival de las Aves” organized by the Pronatura conservation group.

About 100 amateurs and experts from all states of the Península and even from other countries are expected to participate in the Bird-a-thon, said Marigel Campos Capetillo, the event’s lead organizer with Pronatura.

The bird-a-thon will start on Friday Nov. 20 at 5 pm at the Marista University in Merida. At the opening event there will be a brief lecture and conference, and delivery of the rules and the kits (a t-shirt, a cap and the official checklist of the Yucatan birds) to the teams.

“The teams can choose their own route,” Campos said. “They are allowed to travel around all the Yucatán state looking for birds. We recommend the teams stay Saturday night in Celestun. There are many hotels of all prices and comfort levels.”

Campos continued, “You do not have to be an expert, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with local naturalist guides who will share their expertise with you.”



The registration fee per person is:

 $250 pesos / USD $22 for general public

 $150 pesos / USD $12 for students

* All the team members, including the guide, must pay the registration fee.

-Includes: Event kit (hat and t-shirt), Yucatan’s official bird list, closure event breakfast.

-Not included: Lodging, transportation, meals, bird guide.

Photo: Yucatan's Toh, a native bird species.
Yucatan’s Toh, a native bird species.

More information and registration:

LARN. Marigel Campos C.

Tel. +52 9999-88-44-37 ext. 113

Or visit:

-By Robert Adams for TYT