“If we are to win the fight against the illegal traffic of species we must work with the newer generations”
Each winter thousands of birders travel to San Pancho and surrounding areas to go bird watching. With over 300 documented species it is one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth.
For birders, this friendly, affordable seaport hosts an amazing feast of avian life in its lush and accessible mangrove swamps, estuaries, lagoons, beaches, plantations-and sewage ponds.
The San Pancho Bird Observatory is collaborating with Rotary Clubs and other foreign observatories to begin workshops for youths and adults in different communities within the destination.
From September of the current year through March of 2015, approximately 10 communities within the Riviera Nayarit will begin a workshop titled “Developing Abilities for the Conservation of Birds in Coastal Communities of Nayarit.”
The project is part of the activities put forth by the Center for the Study of Bird Conservation led by the San Pancho Bird Observatory (OASP by its acronym in Spanish), in collaboration with the Klamath Bird Observatory in Ashland, Oregon, and the rotary clubs of Ashland, Bahía de Jaltemba in Mexico and others around the United States.
The objective is to develop the abilities of the youths and adults who live in the coastal communities so they can undertake ecotourism activities and scientifically monitor resident and migratory birds.
There will be two workshops held each month in the community centers of San Pancho, Sayulita-San Ignacio, Punta de Mita-Higuera Blanca, Lo de Marcos, Villa Morelos, Chacala and La Peñita de Jaltemba-Guayabitos-Los Ayala.
Marine biologist Luis Morales, director of the OASP and a local tour guide, announced the study groups can welcome up to 15 people each, no matter their level of education.
What’s vital is the desire to learn about the environment in order to preserve it and, obviously, to find within it sustainable economic development.
“The training consists of online activities as well as in the classroom and out in the field.
There are two profiles: nature guide and scientific monitors. If we are to win the fight against the illegal traffic of species we must work with the newer generations,” emphasized Luis Morales.
The uneven levels of education among the selected communities can be a problem, but not a hindrance.
Though there may be some illiterate members in the groups they can still be excellent guides, while the more educated members can be schooled in the monitoring of the birds.
The best time to visit San Blas is between October and April, when the local bird species are joined by many of “our” neotropical migrants spending the winter.
The San Blas Christmas Bird Count draws birders from around the world and regularly lists up to 300 species.
Some of the area’s “specialty” birds include Elegant Quail, Mexican Parrotlet, Colima Pygmy-Owl, Citreoline Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, Golden-cheeked Woodpecker, San Blas Jay, and Sinaloa Wren.
There is still availability in several groups.
For more details about the program, please contact Luis Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the website at www.birdingsanpancho.org.