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Conservation in Mexico - Monthly Update September 2010

Biodiversity Study

As part of the Independence Bicentenary Celebrations, the state of Colima through their SEMARNAT (Environmental and Natural Resources Delegation) is due to declare the Mangrove Area known as El Chupadero, as a Bicentenary Eco-touristic park. This will implement a new set of activities that will promote a conservationist consciousness in their visitors. There will be guided tours through a mangrove area which has been designed and prepared for motor boats with the aim of showing the visitors the marvels that the lagoon offers that are not well known so far.

The Delegation has approached us regarding the activities that we have been developing in the lagoon. They have asked us to provide the results from the Biodiversity study we have been conducting in the area, to use these results for display purposes in order to show the visitors the variety of bird species in the lagoon.

The species checklist which we have developed is now of great importance to the Delegation as these results were collected by our volunteers over the last 4 years and very useful for ensuring the further sanctuary or Natural Protected Area Declaration which the Chupadero lagoon might receive in the coming years.

This area was declared an important place for biodiversity in 2009 by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. It is in our hands now to preserve it for future generations to witness the magnificence it has to offer.

Turtle Conservation

Our turtle conservation project is now running at full speed as we are still in the peak of the high season. The amount of nests collected so far has surpassed our target of 1500. As ever these results make all the hard work worthwhile.

The invaluable help we receive from our volunteers to develop the activities concerning turtle conservation truly makes a difference in how much data we collect each night on the patrols and how well the precious nests are buried as we return from them. Burying the nests is one of the most important activities of our volunteers as it assures the survival rate of hatchlings we obtain in every nest.

Oliver Garcia
Conservation Director
September 2010
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