Combining Biology and Photography

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By Carolina Mildred Rivera

Almost at the end of my university life, one of my dreams came true. For a long time,  I have dreamed of traveling to little-known places to explore and marvel at nature, and at the same time, to show others what my eyes observed, just like in the nature and wildlife documentaries that I watched many times as a child.

I visited Baja California in 2018 and met the staff members of Terra Peninsular. I was amazed at their activities and goals to protect nature, so I did not hesitate to go back the next year when I was accepted to do my internship with them during the summer.

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How Many Nature Reserves Are in San Quintin?

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By Antonieta Valenzuela

Baja California is a unique place where you can find a variety of landscapes: sandy beaches, mountains, pine forests, wetlands, matorral, agaves, volcanoes and amazing sunsets. Due to urban growth, these natural areas are more vulnerable; the habitats of thousands of plants and animals are in danger of being destroyed.

Our mission is to protect natural areas, and one way to do it is through a certificate by the federal government known as Area Destined for Conservation.

In the region of San Quintin and El Rosario there are 4 nature reserves certified in this category:

  • Punta Mazo Nature Reserve.
  • Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve.
  • Valle Tranquilo Nature Reserve.
  • San Quintin Nature Reserve.
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Art exhibition: Travesía

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For centuries art has been a tool that has helped us to know and understand the natural world. Before cameras existed, explorers and painters showed us the nature that surrounded them through drawings, painting and other disciplines.

The collective exhibition Travesia (journey in English) seeks to share the source of inspiration that nature provides. It’s part of the San Quintin Bird Festival and the Community Engagement program.


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Good News: We Won Our Legal Battle

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After an extensive legal process, Terra Peninsular won the trial against 9 people with illegally issued property titles on protected natural areas of San Quintin, this was confirmed by the court when it ruled in favor of the civil association.

“We are very excited to know that justice was done, these natural reserves were in danger during these last years and it would have been a great loss for the conservation of natural areas and wildlife”, said César Guerrero, Executive Director. 

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Rest in Peace, Barbara Massey

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We greatly regret the departure of Barbara Massey, a very dear person who, with her passion for conservation and concern for theconservation of wetlands, supported the founding of nonprofits such as Pro Esteros and Terra Peninsular.

We send a big hug to her family and loved ones, her legacy will remain with us for many years to come.

Obituary published in the Mail Tribune in Medford, Oregon.

Rock Paintings in the Middle of Nowhere, Mexico

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By Pablo Arturo López Guijosa, Chasing World Heritage

Road Trips are fun. I have done many of the top rated road trips all around the world, including the Great Ocean Road, Jebel Hafeet, a World Heritage site in the United Arab Emirates, and Milford Road, New Zealand, also a World Heritage site.

But as a Mexican, one of the road trips that I have always wanted to do was the Baja Peninsula. In this little strip of land which seems to be separated from Mexico, you can find three World Heritage sites:

  • Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
  • Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California
  • Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco

Besides, it is right in front of another very important World Heritage site: 

I could write more than one article for each of these sites! However, I will focus on the Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco. But let’s go step by step.

Sierra de San Francisco from the road.
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Vote for Our Project: Plastic-free San Quintin

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We have been working for more than two decades to protect Baja California and one of the places where we focus our efforts is San Quintin Bay. 

This year we are participating in a contest of the European Outdoor Conservation Association, and if we win we will develop a project to reduce plastic pollution in the bay!

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New Project to Study Coastal Lagoons in Ensenada and San Quintin

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By Antonieta Valenzuela

Through joint work between organizations, universities and research centers from Mexico and the United States, a project is being carried out in Ensenada and San Quintin to study the Estero de Punta Banda, in Ensenada, and San Quintin Bay.

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What are Areas Destined for Conservation?

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By Jorge Luis Basave Castillo

This article was translated by Amairani Márquez and Manuel Eduardo Mendoza

Few doubt about the biocultural diversity of Mexico and the importance of urgently encouraging sustainable development. What is less known is that most of the natural resources of Mexico are on socially and privately owned lands, which requires a joint effort between society and government to build a viable future.

By 2019 Mexico managed to decree 11.13% of its land area as Natural Protected Areas. However, conserving territory under presidential decree is increasingly complicated and expensive. On the other hand, conservation from the beginning is a model that is more feasible because it is based on the will of people.

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Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

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In addition to planning your trip it’s important to know how to camp without leaving a trace and that is what the second of the seven Leave No Trace principles is about.

How to travel and camp without leaving a trace? Selecting an appropriate campsite is the most important aspect of a low-impact outing. Always remember that the right places to set up camp are found, not built.

Acampe sobre superficies durables
Photo by Mirna Borrego.

Remember that the principles are a guide to enjoy natural areas without damaging them and are very useful when you go for a walk on the beach, in the woods, when you go hiking or camping.

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