Apr 6, 2020

Learning about the Mangrove from home

Child following instructions to draw octopus.
Child following instructions to draw octopus.

Bahia Magdalena is a rural community located in a different state than our offices; therefore work on-site can be challenging. Because of this, the main strategy we’re currently employing is the use of social media and instant communication applications to reach the community’s students and teachers.

Since our first visit, teachers continued using in their classrooms the environmental educational material we provided for them. In order to continue this practice, our team has developed new online material that covers subjects like shorebirds and their habitat, responsible fishing, and environmental services. These subjects highlight the mangrove’s importance as a habitat to other species, its threats, and the benefits of its conservation. This material is available online through our social media and webpage.

In light of recent global events, a temporary closure of schools has been issued nationwide; thus our work online gains importance. We are continuing long-distance contact with teachers offering the new online material consisting of simple, daily activities directed towards students of all ages. It’s structured so that it covers the environmental topics but also subject areas seen in schools like reading, mathematics, science, and arts. Teachers can then adapt the activities into the daily homework given as part of the temporary homeschooling, this way students can continue learning about the mangrove from their homes.

Along with our country, and the rest of the world, we are adapting to the pausing of our normal, daily routines and finding alternative solutions to continue accomplishing our goals. We hope everyone is well and all this blows over soon!

Children solving the Shorebird Migration Maze.
Children solving the Shorebird Migration Maze.
Girl's drawing made doing step by step activity.
Girl's drawing made doing step by step activity.
Fishing-themed simple division worksheet.
Fishing-themed simple division worksheet.
Shorebird migration crossword puzzle.
Shorebird migration crossword puzzle.
Working on Red knot shorebird Connect the dots.
Working on Red knot shorebird Connect the dots.
Nov 22, 2019

Children guardians for a better future

Official mangrove guardian students.
Official mangrove guardian students.

Elementary and secondary schools of Santo Domingo started a waste separation campaign with their students as part of becoming themselves mangrove guardians. Santo Domingo, Baja California Sur is a community located in Bahia Magdalena important for conservation efforts because locals have direct contact with the Pacific coast and the mangrove present there.

The campaign requires them to collect, wash, separate, and deposit different types of plastic and metal waste. The campaign is not only benefitting the schools, but also the community and their surroundings where locals and families are learning about waste separation through children.

To support this initiative, our team provided a workshop to the students in all grades of both schools about the importance of separating waste and the benefits of taking care of our environment. The workshop took place on November 13th and 14th, 2019 in the Estado de Queretaro elementary school and the Telesecundaria 15 Juan Dominguez Cota secondary school.

Several topics were covered in the workshop like the different types of waste, types of plastic waste, the negative effects of plastic in the environment, how to separate our waste, why it’s important, and the environmental services and goods that our ecosystems provide.

After this workshop a total of 30 students became Mangrove Guardians and received a badge that certificates it. Now they have the responsibility of spreading the knowledge they learned to their friends, family, neighbors, and other members of their community, and promise to carry out the important task with enthusiasm and capability.

The upbringing of environmentally conscious children in the community is a long-term step towards creating a sustainable community. We are glad that you joined us in this cause. Thanks for your support!

Students wearing their mangrove guardian badges.
Students wearing their mangrove guardian badges.
Activity of drawing our environmental services.
Activity of drawing our environmental services.
Participant in waste separation activity.
Participant in waste separation activity.
Workshop teacher and class.
Workshop teacher and class.
Students showing their workshop drawings.
Students showing their workshop drawings.
Students appointed as mangrove guardians.
Students appointed as mangrove guardians.
Aug 23, 2019

Monitoring Bahia Magdalena

Field team taking pictures of the site.
Field team taking pictures of the site.

Considering the biological importance of the Magdalena-Almejas lagoon complex, the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), has declared the area as a priority conservation site in Mexico. Particularly as: Priority Hydrological Region, Priority Marine Region, Priority Terrestrial Region, and Important Bird Conservation Area.

As part of our project we visited Bahia Magdalena last July. Our bio-monitoring team verified the flora, fauna and any activities that could affect the ecosystem. These lets us know the nature conservation status of the site.

Our field team took panoramic photographs of the observation points located strategically in the priority area covering a 360º angle from each one. Samples of the existing flora -especially those which were blooming- were taken, as well as evidence of the native and exotic fauna that travels through the site.

Moreover, on this visit we detected presence of garbage at some points. The garbage was collected, but it indicates visitors and community need to be responsable and take better care of the site.

360 degree photograph of the site.
360 degree photograph of the site.
Creeping devil cactus (Stenocereus eruca).
Creeping devil cactus (Stenocereus eruca).
Coast horned lizard (Phrynosoma coronatum).
Coast horned lizard (Phrynosoma coronatum).
Mangrove rail (Rallus longirostris).
Mangrove rail (Rallus longirostris).
Mangrove, sarcocaule scrub and fishermen.
Mangrove, sarcocaule scrub and fishermen.
Collecting garbage at priority site.
Collecting garbage at priority site.
 
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