Project Description

This project will promote environmental and economic stability in the Santa Cruz watershed by implementing conservation strategies that address both ecological and community issues. In 2000 the Sonoran Institute established the Community Conservation Center (CCC) of the Santa Cruz River in San Lázaro, Sonora. The CCC functions as a field station and community outreach facility for a variety of environmental education and applied research activities on the Santa Cruz River. We are currently monitoring birds in this corridor and have established a bird watching club, Los Halcones (the Falcons) in the community. Birds along this international riparian corridor are an important mechanism for community outreach, environmental education, and conservation and riparian restoration. This project proposes to (1) print a regional, binational brochure that includes general information on bird diversity, conservation and restoration initiatives of different groups, how to get to the different areas of interest, community involvement in conservation and cultural and general visitation services of the Santa Cruz River in Mexico; (2) continue with technical support and training of Los Halcones as bird guides of the region; and (3) establish a stronger connection and collaboration between the different actors of avian studies of the Santa Cruz River.

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Emily Brott
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