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January 25, 2016

Mexico Hosts Bird Watchers from Around the World

By Zahra Al-Kateb

Mexico BirdsThe XII Annual International Migratory Bird Festival will take place from January 24 through January 31 in San Blas, Mexico near Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit. The region known as Riviera Nayarit is at the top of the list for birdwatchers around the world.

According to the Board of the International Migratory Bird Festival of Nayarit (Pafiam), the region is home to 546 species of birds, 428 of which are endemic.

There are currently seven routes created for the observation of different groups of birds: Singayta, Zoquilpan, Isla Isabel, La Bajada, Chacalilla, La Tovara and La Papalota. Among the birds that can be sighted are shearwaters, pelicans, collared falcons, chachalacas, gray falcons, blue-footed boobies, osprey hawks, antbirds, herons, egrets plus another long list of species.

Besides attracting both national and international tourism, the Festival also showcases artistic and cultural activities to complement and further the theme of environmental consciousness. There will be activities for kids including workshops and camping in order to get them excited about conservation.

Birds begin arriving at the port of San Blas in November and they will continue to arrive through May, when they continue their usual route. They arrive from Alaska and Canada from the north and Patagonia from the south. San Blas is one of the most important stops in their migration corridor and it’s where they find the right conditions for mating, nesting and hatching.

The work undertaken these past few years has united environmental groups, civil associations, government offices, private organizations, universities and more, including other festivals that are part of these migration corridors.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau participates directly with the promotion and distribution of the Festival, a fine example of the natural riches of the destination.

To find more details regarding the available services and dates for the festival please visit the official Board site: PAFIAM

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