Collaborations to Create Areas Destined for Conservation

Tiempo de lectura | Reading time: 3 minutos By Verónica Meza  During the last 20 years of work to preserve the natural beauty of our state, many partners have been part of the projects to support the creation and maintenance of nature reserves certified as areas destined for conservation. In addition to these nature reserves, there are other certified areas that have beenContinue reading “Collaborations to Create Areas Destined for Conservation”

Best Practices in Outdoor Activities

Tiempo de lectura | Reading time: 5 minutos By Vitza Cabrera and Mirna Borrego Today more than ever we need nature. Enjoying activities or spending time outdoors contributes to our physical and emotional health. Here’s a list of best practices: Enjoy nearby places, travel locally. Find out where you want to go. Prepare your visit. Keep a safe distance. Keep your hands clean.Continue reading “Best Practices in Outdoor Activities”

A Rare Plant Nature Reserve

Tiempo de lectura | Reading time: 6 minutos By Sula Vanderplank Many of the plants found in the borderlands between the US and Mexico are globally rare. Two hundred of California’s rare plants (those listed as rare, threatened or endangered) are also found south of the US Border in Baja California. Of these, at least 22 reach the San Quintin valley.

A Journey Worth Taking: Baja California

Tiempo de lectura | Reading time: 9 minutos By Daniela Gómez de la Maza Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) Being a conservationist is not the typical life story. Most of the parents urge their children to pursue more traditional careers. Nevertheless, a unified sense of pride takes over everyone, regardless of their job, when a success story hits the headlines of howContinue reading “A Journey Worth Taking: Baja California”

When in Baja, Do as the Baja Californians Do

Tiempo de lectura | Reading time: 7 minutos By Frida Estela Rodríguez /  Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) Baja California is mainly known for their fine fruit yields. While some people cherish their vineyards, others have tasted berries straight from the field. From my point of view, as a future biologist, this state is the Mexican ambassador of unique Californian species. Furthermore,Continue reading “When in Baja, Do as the Baja Californians Do”

Understanding and Protecting the Rare Beach Spectaclepod

Tiempo de lectura | Reading time: 8 minutos By Heather Schneider and Matt Guilliams Situated high atop coastal dunes on the southern end of the Punta Mazo Nature Reserve grows a diminutive plant with a curious common name: the beach spectaclepod. Known to botanists as Dithyrea maritima, this member of the mustard family (Brassicaceae) gets its colloquial name from the unusual shape ofContinue reading “Understanding and Protecting the Rare Beach Spectaclepod”

The San Quintin Kangaroo Rat: Rediscovery and Conservation

Tiempo de lectura | Reading time: 8 minutos By Scott Tremor, Sula Vanderplank, Jorge Andrade and Enrique Alfaro Being a field biologist is full of romanticisms and hypothetical ideal scenarios that many long for, such as discovering a new species and name it after your surname, documenting the first record of a rare species or the rediscovery of an extinct species.

A Window to the Past: Searching for Abalone

Tiempo de lectura | Reading time: 7 minutos By Keith Lombardo Imagine walking the coastline and seeing boulders covered with black shelled mollusks, stacked one on top of another, many layers thick. Now imagine this scene along the entire rocky intertidal habitat from San Francisco to Bahia Tortugas.  Black abalone (Haliotis cracherodii) were once one of the most abundant intertidal organisms from CentralContinue reading “A Window to the Past: Searching for Abalone”