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THIRD ANNUAL YUCATAN BIRD FESTIVAL

Nov 13, 2004 - Nov 21, 2004

The third edition of the Yucatan Bird Festival drew 150 participants from three countries in a week-long series of events that began with the opening of an extraordinary exhibit of Maya bird rubbings from Chichén Itzá by Merle Greene Robertson intermixed with extraordinary bird photographs by Antonio Hidalgo and David Andrews. The next day, approximately 30 local guides alongside international visitors, participated in one of two 12-hour Bird Marathons held in the Ría Celestún and Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserves. Local winners were awarded binoculars, Howell & Webb bird guides, backpacks and “pájaros”.


The favorite field trip was a three-day excursion to the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve in southern Campeche prior to the evening conference given by Troy G. Murphy on the behavior of the Turquoise-browed Motmot (Toh in Maya) and showing of the internationally awarded video on the same.



The Third Yucatan Bird Festival "Toh" will be held from November 13 - 21, 2004, here in Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico. Conferences, exhibits, field trips and more with experts Steve N.G. Howell, Eduardo Santana, Paul Wood and a growing number of community bird guides are on the menu. Observe new birds! See new places! Make new friends! Your attendance directly supports bird conservation efforts i


Saturday, November 13

  11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Registration in lobby of Hotel El Castellaño for ALL participants in any activity associated with the Festival; pick-up of materials for those who pre-registered electronically.

 5:00 P.M. Inauguration of a visual exhibit “From Ancient Times: The Birds in Chichén Itzá”; stone rubbings by the internationally renowned Maya scholar, Dr. Merle Greene Robertson, along with photographs by nationally acclaimed nature photographers of birds found in Chichén Itzá. Reception following with regional dancing hosted by the Governor of Yucatan, the Mayor of Mérida and the State Secretary of Tourism. (Location: Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY), downtown.)


Sunday, November 14

6:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. Bird Marathon in the reserves of Ría Celestún and Ría Lagartos organized by Pronatura Península de Yucatán and Niños y Crías, respectively. All participants are invited to simultaneous awards’ reception immediately following the competition. Event is open to local nature guides and visitors with birding experience. Pre-registration required. Donation $5.00 US.

7:00 A.M.- 12:00 noon Workshop “Introduction to Birdwatching”; open to the public. Pre-registration required. Donation: $5.00 US. Location: Chicxulub. Casa Montes Molina.(Map to be obtained when you register)

7:00 A.M.- 11:00 A.M. Workshop “Techniques and Ethics in Photographing Birds” with Dr. Antonio Hidalgo from Monterrey, N.L. Open to the public.. Pre-registration required. Donation: $5.00 US. Location: Chicxulub. Casa Montes Molina.(Map to be obtained when you register)

Monday, November 15

5:30 A.M. One-day “Birding in the Puuc Hills”; guided tour to the archeological zones of Sayil and Labná in southern Yucatan. Group size limited to 9 people each. See packages and contact information below for cost and reservations.  Reserve with Ecoturismo Yucatan

7:30 A.M. Three-day guided natural and cultural history tour to the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve in southern Campeche. Return Wednesday afternoon. Group size limited to 9 people each. See packages and contact information below for cost and reservations.

8:30 A.M. Three-day guided birding and archeology tour to Izamal (morning at Hacienda and lunch in 16th c. town) and Chichén Itzá east of Mérida, including visit to the nearby Balancanché cave. Group size limited to 10 people each. See packages and contact information below for cost and reservations.


4:00 P.M.- 6:00 P.M. Round Table discussions in Spanish; Auditorium of SEDEINCO.

o “Marine Birds of the Yucatan Peninsula: Threats and Solutions.”
 o “Environmental and Social Impact of Ecotourism.”

Tuesday, November 16

5:30 A.M. Two-day guided birding and archeology tour to private reserve of Kiuic and the Hacienda Tabi reserve in southern, Puuc area of Yucatan. Return late Wednesday afternoon. Group size limited to 9 people. See packages and contact information below for cost and reservations. Reserve with Ecoturismo Yucatán.

5:30 A.M. Two-day hacienda birding tour to 16th c. town of Izamal; return Wednesday afternoon. Group size limited to 9 people each. See packages and contact information below for cost and reservations. Reserve with Ecoturismo Yucatán.

Wednesday, November 17

 • Tour groups to Calakmul, Chichen Itza,Izamal, Kiuic and Hacienda Tabi, return late afternoon.

6:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. Book signing by Steve N.G. Howell.

 6:30 P.M. Special showing of the international award winning video “Toh – the clock bird”; salon in the Hotel Castellaño following an introduction by Dr. Troy G. Murphy, expert researcher on the Turquoise-browed Motmot. Hosted by the Secretary of Tourism of Yucatán.

Thursday, November 18

 Simultaneous workshops in adjoining salons at the Mérida Theater. Open to the public.

 A. SPANISH:
9:00 A.M.- 10:20 A.M. "What should bird specialists know about the birds of the Yucatan peninsula, in particular, professional guides" by Dr. Paul Wood.Followed by a brief break
11:30 P.M.- 1:00 P.M. “Seasonal dynamics of migratory and resident montane forest birds of Western Mexico” by Dr. Eduardo Santana.
B. ENGLISH:
9:00 A.M.- 10:20 A.M. “Understanding the environmental and social context for bird conservation in Mexico” by Dr. Eduardo Santana.
10:45 A.M.- 12:30 P.M. “Introduction to neotropical bird families and difficult to distinguish species” by David Wolf, representative of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours.

C. English & Spanish (simultaneous translation):

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o 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Multimedia CD Presentation “Flying in Western Mexico”. Images, sounds, natural history and pre-Colombian bird art. Edited by the Federal Commission of Electricity and presented by Biol. Sandra Fernando Gallo Corona and Biol. Alfonso Langle Flores.

 2:45 P.M. Leave for hotel in the field to participate in the xoc ch’ich’ (Bird-a-thon). (Mérida hotel check-out; stow extra luggage; lunch prior to leaving.)

 • Overnight in hotel in the field according to scheduled route.

Friday, November 19

5:30 A.M. The xoc ch’ich’ competition begins.

 • Overnight in hotel in the field according to scheduled route.

Saturday, November 20

• The xoc ch’ich’ ends officially at 10:00 a.m. All bird lists must be turned in to a committee member in the lobby of the Hotel El Castellaño promptly at 1:00 p.m.

 7:00 P.M. Cocktail and exhibit of winning children’s bird art contest, followed by the awards banquet. Centro Cultural del Niño Yucateco, with the presence of the Secretary of Tourism of Yucatán. (Transportation is provided for all participants between the Hotel El Castellaño and the Center.) Cost: $25.00 US per person.


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