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By Neharika Padala | September 24 2014
The San Pancho Bird Observatory is collaborating with Rotary Clubs and other foreign observatories to begin workshops for youths and adults in different communities within the destination. From September of the current year through March of 2015, approximately 10 communities within the Riviera Nayarit will begin a workshop titled “Developing Abilities for the Conservation of Birds in Coastal Communities of Nayarit.”
The project is part of the activities put forth by the Center for the Study of Bird Conservation led by the San Pancho Bird Observatory (OASP by its acronym in Spanish), in collaboration with the Klamath Bird Observatory in Ashland, Oregon, and the rotary clubs of Ashland, Bahía de Jaltemba in Mexico and others around the United States.
The objective is to develop the abilities of the youths and adults who live in the coastal communities so they can undertake ecotourism activities and scientifically monitor resident and migratory birds.
There will be two workshops held each month in the community centers of San Pancho, Sayulita-San Ignacio, Punta de Mita-Higuera Blanca, Lo de Marcos, Villa Morelos, Chacala and La Peñita de Jaltemba-Guayabitos-Los Ayala.
Marine biologist Luis Morales, director of the OASP and a local tour guide, announced the study groups can welcome up to 15 people each, no matter their level of education. What’s vital is the desire to learn about the environment in order to preserve it and, obviously, to find within it sustainable economic development.
“The training consists of online activities as well as in the classroom and out in the field. There are two profiles: nature guide and scientific monitors. If we are to win the fight against the illegal traffic of species we must work with the newer generations,” emphasized Luis Morales.
The uneven levels of education among the selected communities can be a problem, but not a hindrance. Though there may be some illiterate members in the groups they can still be excellent guides, while the more educated members can be schooled in the monitoring of the birds.
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau congratulates these civic associations for their excellent work and their intention to improve ecotourism within the destination, but above all for their work in the conservation of the birds, as they are one of the Riviera Nayarit’s tourism attractions.
“Their communication efforts are an essential part of the collaboration,” commented a grateful Luis Morales about the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “It’s a great contribution in kind.”