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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.