Riviera Maya favorite destination for bird watching
Warm weather snowbirds now have another reason to head to the Riviera Maya when looking for a second home. The state of Quintana Roo has been named a birdwatchers paradise with more than 19 different bird watching groups dedicated to the natural activity.
These tour guides say they receive more than 100 bird watching groups of foreign tourists each year who make their way to the region to get a ‘birds-eye-view’ of the local fowl. Many of those who arrive are from U.S. bird watching clubs.
According to Barbara Mackimon Montes, founding president of the Friends of Sian Ka’an and author of “Get a birding”, US birdwatchers make up the largest majority of birdwatching visitors to the area, followed by Canadians who have approximately 11 million registered birdwatching members.
The state of Quintana Roo has several birdwatching groups, three of which are in the Benio Juarez regions. These three groups cover the areas of Isla Contoy, Holbox and Puerto Morelos as well as the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, which are also listed as the points where migratory birds live.
The local Greenjay group is responsible for promoting the conservation of birds through to schools and the dissemination of their projects in institutions and through social networks.
“We have photographic exhibitions, outreach observations and talks at schools and universities. These are some of the ways in which we contribute to promote activity,” said Cecilia Alvarez, a member of the group.
The groups intention is to inform people of the types of birds in the region and the importance of caring for them.
“As instructors we record all kinds of birds we see and we keep track of all the species that we have encounter,” she added.
Mexico is home to hundreds of thousands of birds, nearly half of which live along the Yucatan Peninsula and the state of Quintana Roo. Tourists pay to bird watch along the Riviera Maya because many birds are found only in this region.