Punta Mazo Nature Reserve

  • Location: San Quintín Bay, Baja California
  • Size: 2050 acres and 4.9 miles long
  • Date of certification: October 24, 2014
  • Certification: Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation
  • Owner: Terra Peninsular

The Punta Mazo Nature Reserve is located in San Quintín Bay, Baja California. It is the western peninsula that shapes and protects the whole bay.

The land were the nature reserve is located was acquired in 2011 by Terra Peninsular for conservation purposes.

In October 24, 2014 the Mexican government, specifically the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat in Spanish) through the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp in Spanish) certified the nature reserve as an Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation (ADVC in Spanish).

Coastal dunes, marshes, halophilic and coastal scrub are predominant in the reserve. Their vegetation includes over 73 species, 16 of which are endemic of the region. Some of these species are:

  • Anthony’s liveforever (Dudleya anthonyi)
  • Strawberry cactus (Mammillaria dioica)
  • Santa Barbara milkvetch (Astragalus trichopodus)

In terms of fauna, Punta Mazo is the habitat of about 97 different species, such as: terrestrial and aquatic mammals, amphibian, reptiles and resident and migratory birds. Among the fauna there are a large number of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibian species which are representative of the dune ecosystems, coastal scrub and migratory birds as the following:

  • Baja California rattlesnake (Crotalus enyo)
  • Baja California whiptail (Aspidoscelis labialis)
  • Baja California legless lizard (Aniella geronimensis)
  • Coyote (Canis latrans clepticus)

The Punta Mazo Nature Reserve is also a perfect place for bird watching.

Some species that can be seen between fall and winter are:

  • Black brant (Branta bernicla)
  • Sanderling (Calidris alba)
  • American oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

In summer, the sand beach is the breeding site for the snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus) and the least tern (Sterna antillarum).