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Guide to the Birds of the Primavera Forest Reviewed by John Pint

The Illustrated Guide to the Birds of the Primavera Forest by Oscar Reyna is available from the Primavera Park Service in Guadalajara, Mexico
© John Pint, 2014
The Primavera Forest is a protected area of oak and pine trees covering over 36,000 hectares, located due west of Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city. In 2010, the administrators of the forest published "Aves del Bosque La Primavera-Guía Ilustrada" (Illustrated Guide to the Birds of the Primavera Forest) by Oscar Reyna Bustos. Nature photographer Jesús Moreno described the book as "The fruit of many years of hard work and a great deal of time spent in the field..." read more

Wildlife of the Yucatan Peninsula: The Explorer Family's Guide and Journal Reviewed by James Tipton

This little book is just the right size to tuck into your glove compartment or even into a large shirt pocket. Wildlife of the Yucatan Peninsula: The Explorer Family's Guide and Journal is a collection, divided into three color-coded sections, of fifty photos of marine life, mammal life, and bird life that you may encounter in the Yucatan Peninsula... read more

Viva Natura: The revival of a Mexican field guide classic David Kimball

Petr Myska probably didn't think that the book he was writing would be threatened with extinction even before some of the species that were featured in his publication. Myska's work was published in 2007 as A Field Guide to the Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals of Western Mexico. In short form, it is known as "Viva Natura." Only 2000 copies were published... read more

Isla Isabel, Mexico's answer to the Galapagos John Pint

Isla Isabel is located 34 kilometers (21 miles) off Mexico's west coast. It is a National Park and wildlife refuge with a population of some 42,000 birds and, in 2003, was named a World Heritage Site. ... read more

Adventurous Mexico - exploring Mexico's outdoors - self-guided tours, mountains, volcanoes, hiking, camping, sailing, fishing, kayaking and more Index Page

 Climbing Mexican mountains, volcanoes and caves. Climbing Mexico's volcanoes Pico de Orizaba (Citlateptl) 5700m 18,700ft Popocatepl 5452m 17,887ft Iztaccihuatl 5286m 17,342ft ... read more

Did you know? Mexico's vultures have very different eating habits. Tony Burton

Vultures (zopilotes in Spanish) are among the most conspicuous birds in many parts of Mexico. Commonly misidentified as eagles, these blackish scavengers can be seen almost anywhere, often in large flo... read more

Morelia: A land of adventures for children

Morelia is a colonial city, capital of the Mexican state of Michoacan, which is well-known for its majestic buildings, squares (plazas), gardens, an aqueduct of wondrous proportions and all of this ... read more

Monarch Butterflies Tour - Mexico Tony Burton

Monarch Butterfly excursions - Please note that Tony Burton is no longer organizing Monarch Butterfly excursions. The area is well described in Tony's book on the region, " Western Mexico - A T... read more

Did you know? Mexico is home to more than fifty hummingbird species Tony Burton

Who hasn’t been amazed by the acrobatic antics of hummingbirds? What stunt flyers! They are able to fly not only forwards, but backwards and even briefly upside-down. They can also hover for extended... read more

Did you know? Dinosaur bones in Mexico Tony Burton

Thousands of dinosaur bones have been found in northern Mexico. Bones literally litter the ground. Here's a femur; there's a tibia; vertebrae, ribs, skulls... Dozens of dinosaurs, including the world... read more

Butterflies by the million : the Monarchs of Michoacán Tony Burton

Every winter, more than one hundred million monarch butterflies fly into Mexico from the U.S. and Canada. On arrival they congregate in a dozen localities high in the temperate pine and fir forests of ... read more

Did you know? Mexico has over thirty UNESCO-designated biosphere reserves Tony Burton

A surprising percentage of Mexico's land area is protected in one form or another. A very large number of sites of archaeological or historical importance are managed by the National Institute of Anthr... read more

Did you know? Mexico's largest bird is the American White Pelican Tony Burton

The American White Pelican is Mexico's largest bird, while its relative the Brown Pelican is one of the most fun to watch. White Pelicans on Lake Chapala; photo: John Mitchell, Earth Images Foundat... read more

Following The Monarch Butterfly To The Highlands Of Mexico Monarch Butterflies Tour E. Pluribus Gehrlein.

Following the Monarch Butterfly to the Highlands of Mexico E. Pluribus Gehrlein. The other side of the coin   First published in the Adirondack Mountain Sun, Volume 10, Number 19, Februa... read more

Baja communities play a key role in conservation Wendee Holtcamp

Those moments when you can spontaneously interact with a wild animal, one on one, in their environment - whether it's under the ocean, on a mountain, in the middle of the desert - are pretty special, life changing even. read more

The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck Reviewed by Allan Cogan

Back in 1940, just before Pearl Harbour, John Steinbeck and his marine biologist friend, Ed Rickets, chartered a fishing boat, the Western Flyer, in Monterey, California, and sailed down the coast around the Baja into the Sea of Cortez. Their six-week mission was to collect specimens of marine life in the area. They jointly wrote a book about the voyage, largely about marine biology, which was published in 1941. A decade later, Steinbeck himself wrote this more personal book. The result is a mixture of travel writing, journalism, diary-keeping, philosophy, meditation and, yes, there's a lot of stuff about the marine life of the area. After all, the author was something of an authority in that field. read more

Bugs on the net Ron Mader

Journalist and savvy webmaster Ron Mader sifts through the web to find the most interesting and unusual Mexico-related websites. Ron is the webhost of the popular Planeta.com: Eco Travels in L... read more

Whale watching while you surf (the web) Ron Mader

Whale watching has become a million-dollar business around the globe. Mexican operators along the Pacific coast and in the Baja Peninsula have seen their businesses expand as more and more people flock... read more

Migration Minded Patricia Alisau

Mexico experiences one of nature's loveliest gifts each winter when billions of Monarch butterflies descend on the warm forests of the country's central highlands. The Monarch is known for its lo... read more

Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila Nancy T. Wilson

Sitting in bathtub-warm water in the middle of the desert looking at the surrounding mountains under a deep blue sky is a delightful experience. We are in the Cuatro Ciénegas Nature Preserve just outs... read more

Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly by Sue Halpern Reviewed by Allan Cogan

Monarchs are genuinely fascinating creatures and here's a book that really does justice to their story. The travel accomplished by Monarchs is simply mind-boggling. They fly forty miles a day on average but sometimes - depending on winds and weather - they can manage up to 200 miles between dawn and dusk. Those born to the East of the Rockies usually go to Mexico. Those born to the West mostly go to California. All flying is done in daylight - never at night. read more

Lake Chapala: 2001 follow-up to saving Mexico's largest lake Tony Burton

This article is Part 3 of Tony Burton's series: "Can Mexico's Largest Lake be Saved?" . Part 1: May, 1997 - Can Mexico's Largest Lake be Saved? Part 2: M... read more

Lake Chapala: 2000 follow-up to saving Mexico's largest lake Tony Burton

This article is Part 2 of Tony Burton's series: "Can Mexico's Largest Lake be Saved?" . Part 1: May, 1997 - Can Mexico's Largest Lake be Saved? Part 3: M... read more

Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California by Bruce Berger Reviewed by Allan Cogan

Bruce Berger is an excellent guide to the Baja. He’s been going there since the mid '60s, having driven the length of the peninsula at least three times when that meant travelling more than 1,000 kilometers of single lane dirt road. One could drive for a day and meet only one other car. And you would never dream of leaving without taking plenty of food, water and gasoline plus whatever extras and spare parts you might need to fix auto problems along the way. read more

The Majestic Monarch Butterfly Marisela G. de la Sota

The amazing phenomena of the Monarch butterfly migration is with us again. At the end of summer hundreds of millions of monarchs fly an incredible average of 1,800 miles from the United States and Cana... read more
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