The small town of San Blas, on the coast of Nayarit, Mexico, provides a great launching point to see some fantastic birding in the nearby area. Learn about some of the birding and other tourist opportunities in the two part series from Birding Adventures TV with James Currie on the Discovery Channel. The series helped Riviera Nayarit win a public relations Gold Award handed out at the HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International) Adrian Awards. Read more about the award here.
Episode 1 - Species highlighted include a Wood Stork colony, Northern Potoo, Yellow-winged Casique, American Crocodile, and six endemics to Mexico: Rufous-bellied Chachalaca, Elegant Quail, Citreoline Trogon, Golden-cheeked Woodpecker, Sinaloa Wren, and Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow.
Episode 2 - Highlights include fishing for Roosterfish, a visit to the nesting colonies of Isla Santa Isabel (Red-billed Tropicbird, Magnificent Frigatebird, Blue-footed Booby, and Brown Booby), swimming with a Whale Shark, and sightings of a Black-and-white Owl and a Black-throated Magpie-Jay.
The 16th Annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is happening May 15-19, 2014. There are field trips every day and workshops all day Saturday. Linking Community partners will be leading some of the field trips and are active on the Bird Festival Committee in support of this great community activity.
Our keynote speaker is The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Geographer and expert birder Tim Boucher. Registration starts March 3, 2014.
Find out more at www.greatsaltlakebirdfest.com.
The Linking project has received a $70,000 grant from the Rio Tinto – BirdLife International Partnership Action Fund to support its tri-national efforts.
The funding is part of a larger program that Rio Tinto-BirdLife is starting to advance range-wide bird conservation in the Western Hemisphere through local community action associated with sites of significant importance to migratory and resident birds.
The Utah-based Rio Tinto business, Kennecott Utah Copper is a major partner in this effort. They are committed to assist with habitat protection in the Great Salt Lake — a key migratory bird habitat in the Americas.
Jonathan Stacey, BirdLife Director for the Western Hemisphere Flyways Program, said the project will commit a total of $130,000 in 2009. Part of that money will go toward support for the Linking program, and part will be spent on extending a program modeled on Linking into several South American countries.
“We feel able to proceed with what we believe to be a groundbreaking initiative that has, at its foundation, long established experience of linked community-based migratory bird conservation and education,” said Stacey. “The Linking Communities program will play a major part in extending this initiative throughout the Americas.”