Isla Holbox.- In its second edition, the Bird Watching Festival known as “Pajareando en Holbox“, society in general and authorities attempt to know more about birds, their migratory routes and their habitat. The festival is expected to start on February 23 under the slogan “Let’s make Holbox a place full of peaks, legs, songs and feathers of multiple colors”
José Luis Z. Richaud, spokesman of the Fundación Pedro y Elena Hernández explained that thanks to its geographical location, diversity of ecosystems and habitats in good condition, Mexico provides refuge to a great number of bird species, residents and migrants, placing the country in eleventh place worldwide, with 1,108 reported species. On the other hand, 483 species can be observed, between resident and migratory birds only in the state of Quintana Roo.
He added that in 2017 the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), registered in Quintana Roo more than 200 species of migratory birds, 13 of them under special protection status, which mainly arrive to the Yucatan Peninsula as part of their migratory route or winter rest, some of their favorite points of arrival are the Flora and Fauna Protection Area of Yum Balam, the Isla Contoy National Park and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
Before this situation, Richaud said that among the objectives of the event is the attempt to raise awareness among the population and visitors of Holbox, which is part of the Yum Balam protected area. This is ajoint effort that includes several associations such as Casa Wayuu A.C., Alma Verde S.C. and Pedro and Elena Hernández Foundation A.C. With the support of CONANP, the Yum Balam Flora and Fauna Protection Area and the Holbox City Hall.
Similarly, he stressed that the festival offers spaces for dialogue and exchange of information and experiences that help raise awareness and create actions in favor of birds in Holbox.
In addition, Richaud commented that the Festival will include several activities such as bird watching tours, conferences, craft workshops, theater plays, mural painting, photographic exhibitions, and recycled art.
“All activities will be for free and open to the general public,” he said.
Z. Richaud invited researchers, bird watchers, nature photographers, environmental educators, tourist servers and bird lovers to join this effort and promote the value, pride and conservation of Holbox’s natural wealth.
Source: Diario de Yucatán
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