By Antonieta Valenzuela / Communications and Public Relations Coordinator
This article was translated by Gaël Courtin
With the purpose of raising awareness on migratory birds, Terra Peninsular and the Community board of San Quintín organized the fourth edition of the Bird Festival in San Quintín Bay, from December 6 to 8, 2018.
This year, the festival lasted three days with much more activities that the precedent years. More than 200 people participated in the event, coming from San Quintín, Ensenada and Tijuana, but also we had visitors from United States (Alaska, California, New York and Washington State).
The main objective of the festival was to make every participant enjoy San Quintín Bay and also to make them know the birds’ habitat.
The bay is filled up with unique natural landscapes, which are habitats for thousands of migratory birds that travel here every year to spend thewinter.
From the year 2015, the host of the festival is La Chorera, the local community which is located in San Quintín Bay, its habitants are involved in this event since the beginning. In addition to that, La Chorera has a unique scenery, it’s surrounded by coastal wetlands, volcanoes and sand dunes whichare a great opportunity for outdoor activities like birdwatching, hiking and nature photography.
Here are the activities that happened during the festival:
- Thursday 6th of December: the welcoming party of the festival took place in the Molino Viejo restaurant, where information desks of the different activities were available for visitors, and the official launch of the second edition of the Birdwatching Marathon.
- Friday 7th of December: the whole day was busy with outdoor activities, like birdwatching boat tour around the bay, plant identification hiking, birdwatching tours, archaeological trails, walk on the rocky intertidal, among other activities.
- Saturday 8th of December: the festival closed with Oceanfront Party, a free event which started at 1:00pm, with food and handicrafts stands run by people from the local community, a concert by the band Mala Banda, and interactive activities for the whole family.
Thanks to volunteers and guides this event was made possible, but also because of the support of associations, institutions and companies such as: U.S. Forest Service, Copper River International Migratory Bird Initiative(CRIMBI), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, MD Vinos, Department of Tourism of Baja California (SECTURE), Baja Brains, the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), Acuacultura Integral, Michelt, Club de Dibujo Online,Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, the Direction of Urban Administration, Ecology andEnvironment, the National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH), El Vigía, Escuela de la Madre Tierra and National Park Service.
Also, the fifth edition of the San Quintín Bird Festival will be on November 8 and 9, 2019.