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YUCATAN
~ A REMARKABLE REGION OF MEXICO
MAYAN RUINS AND NATURAL SPLENDOR
JANUARY 16-23, 2014
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MONARCH BUTTERFLIES RESERVE
MIGRATION OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY
FEBRUARY 19-20, 2014
FEBRUARY 24-25, 2014
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  The Bird Walks' Leaders
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Signe Signe Hammer
Began birding in NYC's Central Park in 1996, when she began following the famous Red-tailed Hawk ...
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Norman Norman Besman
Has been a birder since spending the summer of 1972 in the Vermont countryside...

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Bob Bob Graham
Bob's interest in nature began early having in his youth, spent summers canoeing through...

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Michael Wheatcroft

Has been fascinated with birds ever since he found out that his mother was terrified of them!...

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Luke Rich

Been birding for 40 years in various parts of the world; Australia, South Asia, Eastern Europe and North America...

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Audubon Birdwalk along the Rio Laja near Rancho Jaguar
Sun, Apr 20, 7:45 am-12:30 PM

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Join Audubon on Sunday for a birdwalk along the Rio Laja with leaders Norman Besman, Bob Graham and Mike Wheatcroft. Watch Snowy Egrets fishing in the river, spot a Crested Caracara soaring over meadow vistas and find Blue or Black-headed Grosbeaks in the trees.

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spacer A Birder's Guide to Everything: "Like the birds, it's worth watching."
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In "A Birder's Guide to Everything" birding is the launching
point for a tender, gently humorous coming-of-age story, as
well as a meditation on grief and letting go.
A year-and-a-half after his mother's death, 15-year-old David Portnoy is still grieving the loss of his mother when his dad decides to re-marry. Even worse, his dad is going to marry the nurse who took care of David's mom in her final months.

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Join Audubon for our wonderful winter outing on Sunday, March 2. We'll be journeying to Rancho La Joyita high in volcanic country to the south of Jalpa, where we've been invited by Roger and Rosanna Jones of Via Organica to take a morning nature walk, followed by a delicious comida at Dos Búhos winery.

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Get Ready for the 2014 GREAT Backyard Bird Count!
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event in which bird watchers of all ages find and count birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations all over the world. Anyone can take part, from beginners to experts. It's free, it's fun, and you can do it in as little as 15 minutes!

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2 GREAT Bird Identification Presentations! February 4 and 11, 3 pm, La Biblioteca
Tuesday, Feb 4 Birding 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Birds
For anyone who's intrigued by those beautiful, interesting, sometimes funny creatures, birds—whether you're a non-birder, a beginner or an old hand.

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Tuesday, Feb 11 Birding by Color: Who's That Bird Hanging Out In Your Backyard?
Bob Graham, a former park ranger and an Audubon bird guide shares a fascinating and colorful presentation on one of the easiest approaches to identifying birds - by their color.

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3 GREAT Backyard Bird Count Outings for experts and novices alike!
Saturday, February 15 Kids and Nature day at El Charco 9:00 am - 11:00 am
This year, Audubon de México is offering events for both children and adults to help you get to know our local birds, lend a hand for research, and raise funds for Audubon's conservation programs. All events are led by knowledgeable, experienced guides. Note that pre-registration is necessary for the Saturday and Monday events.
Cost: Children under 16 free with adult (until 11 am); adults 40 pesos

Sunday, February 16 Birdwalk along the Rio Laja 7:45 am - noon
Early birds get the worm! Or at least a chance to see and count a variety of our backyard birds along a quiet tree-lined stretch of the Rio Laja. Led by our expert guides. Carpooling is available.
Cost: Audubon Members free, nonmembers $10 US or $100 pesos. Pre-registration is not required.
Meet at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Instituto Allende, Ancha San Antonio 20.

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Monday, February 17 Kayak Outing on the Presa Allende 9 am - 1 pm
What better way to get up close and personal to the birds than on the waters of the Presa Allende? We'll head up the Rio Laja channel to spot and count songbirds, woodpeckers, kingfishers, and vultures perching in the trees and then head out to the open waters to view and count the pelicans, ducks, herons and wading birds along the shoreline. A few kayaks will be available to rent - register early to make sure one has your name on it!
Cost: Audubon Members free, nonmembers $10 US or $100 pesos, carpooling available.

Count in Your Own Backyard!
If you are familiar with our local birds, you can also participate by counting the birds in your own backyard. It only takes 15 minutes each day. Please contact sociedadaudubon@gmail.com for more information.

TO REGISTER: If you have questions or are interested in participating in one or more of these outings, including counting birds in your own backyard, please send us an email: eventos.audubon@gmail.com.
Space is limited, so be sure to register early for the outings!

 
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Growing your own organic food has enormous benefits. It puts control of food production in the hands of consumers, discourages sprawl, and encourages careful use of water without pesticides, herbicides or oil-based fertilizers. Plus it is just plain satisfying to grow your own food and it tastes so good.

The following are resource guides to help you get started growing beautiful and delicious urban gardens, including information about pollinators, and the plants that attract them, to help your garden grow.

Urban Gardening Resource List
Gardening for Pollinators
Plants and their Pollinators
Youtube: Michael Pollan - Fixing Food

 
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During this season of thankfulness for family, friends, community, and the richness of life, we want to extend a huge thank you for your support and interest in Audubon de Mexico.
To all of our members who faithfully support our shared purpose and provide the commitment that keeps us going - thank you. You put the heart into our organization.

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Audubon lecture | Tuesday, January 14, 3:15 PM
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Join Audubon de Mexico for a tour of five edible gardens in San Miguel to help you build your knowledge and know-how through seeing the various approaches to urban gardening in several settings.
The tour will be given in Spanish and English, guided by Luc Monzies, co-founder of Saturday's Farmers' Market and La Bodega Organica, San Miguel's newest organic product store and urban garden demonstration site. Luc has been growing healthy food professionally for many years and has recently co-founded an organic food network SOL-SMA (Sustainable Organic Local food network - San Miguel de Allende).

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Having the Presa Allende and the Rio Laja located practically out our back door are wonderful assets to living in the high desert environment of San Miguel. Taking a walk along these waterways is enjoyable, but it doesn't quite compare to being out on the water experiencing its quiet beauty, the myriad birds and butterflies, and the companionship of fellow paddlers as you glide along in your kayak. After a few hours you return to shore feeling refreshed and re-energized.

For two years now Audubon de Mexico has been helping people get out on the water and connecting with nature by organizing a group purchase of Perception recreational kayaks. This time we are offering four models to choose from; each is light weight and easy to handle, nearly indestructible, and super stable in the water. We are taking kayak orders until January 31st with delivery anticipated in late February, just in time for the spring bird migration (there are over 40 species of birds found on the Presa).

A "get to know your kayak" workshop to introduce new paddlers to their boats and provide tips to make kayaking easy will be offered shortly after the boats arrive. Once you have your boat, you'll be invited by Audubon and Amigos de la Presa to join in our group outings, including star-gazing and full moon paddles.

If you're wondering where you might store your kayak, Amigos de la Presa has a boathouse near the Presa with space available at a very reasonable rate. Contact Mike Lambert at presaamigos@gmail.com. If you won't be in town in February to receive delivery of your kayak, we can arrange to store your boat until you return.
We hope you'll become a part of our growing San Miguel kayak flotilla!

KAYAK ORDER FORM (Please use this form if you are paying by cash, check or wire transfer)


 
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February 14-17, 2014
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What is the Great Backyard Bird Count?
The GBBC is an annual event that engages the community in counting birds over the course of 4-days so that scientists can create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.

This is the first time that San Miguel will be participating in this international event and Audubon is planning two special group outings for you to participate in. If you are familiar with our local birds, you can also participate by counting the birds in your own backyard. It only takes 15 minutes each day.

Why count birds?
Scientists use the GBBC information, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, to get the "big picture" about what is happening to our bird populations. The longer these data are collected, the more meaningful they become in helping scientists investigate far-reaching questions such as how is climate change is affecting bird populations; how bird diseases, such as West Nile virus, are affecting birds in different regions; what kinds of differences in bird diversity are apparent in cities versus rural and natural areas; and how has changes to the landscape affected birds over time. The information collected affects people too, because birds are important indicators of a healthy environment.

Aside from providing important scientific data, the bird counts are fun and provide a great way to get to know our local birds.

To help you to get prepared for this great event:
February 4, Birding 101 Signe Hammer
February 11, Birding by Colors Bob Graham
The first ever San Miguel Great Backyard Bird Count takes place February 14 - 17. More details coming soon!

This beautiful photo of two cactus wrens was taken by Audubon bird guide Bob Graham at El Charco a few weeks ago. Read about the catcus wren and listen to its song. Click here.

 
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Please consider making a donation today to Audubon's Bob Haas Environmental Legacy Fund or becoming a member of Audubon de Mexico.

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Audubon Environmental Grant Program
The Audubon Environmental Grant Program supports projects that protect, conserve or restore the regional ecology of the broader San Miguel de Allende area by addressing environmental threats, promoting environmental sustainability, protecting wildlife and their habitat, conserving finite natural resources and promoting sustainable practices that lead to behavioral change and sustainable economic and social development.

Eight grants were awarded in 2013 to organizations, for a total of 250,000 pesos, with innovative and critically necessary environmental projects. To read more about these projects, follow this link to the Environmental Grant Program section of our website.

 
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Consuela Ramirez is the matriarch of her three-generation, all-female household in the rural campesino community of Juan González, in Guanajuato state. Consuela, her daughter and grand-daughter occupy an adobe-walled compound at the foot of the hill across which most of her neighbours' homes are scattered. There's a well inside the compound, the water visible just a few meters down the hand-dug shaft; a bucket sits ready to haul some up. The security and convenience are luxuries in this community of 315 people.

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Sociedad Audubon de Mexico, which has become an increasingly vibrant part of life in San Miguel de Allende in the past few years, recently welcomed April Gaydos as its new president.
She takes over from Linda Whynman, who has stepped down after a decade leading the society.

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Last year, Audubon de Mexico joined with Amigos de la Presa and Salvemos del Rio Laja to form a coalition called The Water Collaborative.

Our mission is to address the critical water resource needs of the San Miguel de Allende region. We serve the rural and urban communities comprising San Miguel de Allende and promote resource conservation within all sectors of our community and habitat enhancement along the Rio Laja, Presa Allende, and Las Cachinches arroyo.

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1. Healthy habitats for birds, wildlife and people. We focus on healthy habitats because we all need clean water and air, productive soils and habitats, and open spaces to survive and thrive.
2. Quality of life. Quality of life - for all living things - is our primary goal. So that birds and wildlife and nature have what they need to thrive, and people's quality of life is secured through education, economic opportunity and a healthy environment to improve human health and to enjoy ...

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Sociedad Audubon de Mexico is the proud recipient of a grant to design and distribute educational games and materials to the pueblitos surrounding San Miguel, as well making the materials available to 8 surrounding municipalities of our watershed.





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On December 14, 2013, El Refugio de Potosi will host an Audubon "Christmas Bird Count" of the region of Barra de Potosi, Playa Blanca, Guerrero and invites you to participate in this important activity, whether you are a skilled or novice birder!

 

 

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!! Kayaks for Sale !!
Once in a while would you like to leave the bustling excitement of Centro behind and just drift on the water away from everyone, just you and the white egrets and vermillion flycatchers and roseated spoonbills and woodstorks and herons and an occasional pelican?

 

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By Denise Winterman |BBC News Magazine
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A 90-second daily show highlighting the songs of British birds has started on BBC Radio 4 this week. But birdsong isn't just beautiful to listen to, it is increasingly being used in surprising ways.

Can a nightingale's song help you pass an exam or a blackbird's twittering encourage you to open a bank account? Sound experts are using it to do both.

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By John Scherber
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I'm sitting in a third grade class at the Independencia School in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Aside from the charming teacher, there's hardly a full set of teeth in the room, although nobody's smile appears to be diminished by this defect. The teacher's name is Fatima Almeida and she does not work for the school directly, but for PEASMA, the Proyecto de Educación Ambiental San Miguel Allende.

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San Miguel de Allende is located in the mountainous central region of Mexico, in what is referred to as the Bajio of the state of Guanajuato. This "low" region in reality averages about 7,000 feet, but is so called for being a relatively flat area ringed by mountains.

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We are pleased to bring you three exciting lessons inspired by the birds-of-paradise!

These lessons explore the topics of science process, natural and sexual selection, behavior and heritability through hands-on activities and lively discussions… all with the help of the Birds-of Paradise Project videos. This free download is perfect for middle and high school classrooms. Read more about this exciting resource or simply click the button to download. Later, be sure to visit our resources page to find helpful links and additional background information and resources.

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Focusing on Wildlife

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Best Photo of the Week Competition 05 Jan 2013
During the last two weeks week our authors and photographers have posted some outstanding articles packed with top-ranking wildlife images. Our competition is called "Best Photo of the Week".
Click here and go through the page if slideshow. Select the three images you like best of all and vote for them at the bottom of this ...

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Party was a grand success!!
Video Sociedad Audubon México

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In celebration of our 45th anniversary, Audubon is offering a special gift to new and renewing members: a unique ceramic vermilion flycatcher, specially made by artisans in Dolores Hildago, that may be used to decorate your home or garden.

It is our small way of saying thank you for your support and to visually remind you of the positive environmental causes you help to support.

 
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On July 22nd Audubon de Mexico celebrated our 45th anniversary -45 years of protecting and celebrating the flora and fauna of San Miguel and the surrounding countryside – and launched our campaign "45 Years, 450 Members, 450,000 Pesos" to raise funds for local projects that address critical environmental issues.

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