Despite having lost roughly 80% of historical wetlands in the Colorado River basin, about 100,000 acres remain. These are the most important wetlands in the Sonoran Desert, providing vital habitat for resident and migratory birds. Pronatura Noroeste created a long-term coordinated bird-monitoring program across the Colorado River basin, and contributes to the conservation and restoration of key sites, the protection of fresh water flows, and the harvest of water by reforestation.
The Sonoran Institute’s Colorado River Delta Program takes a three-pronged approach to their habitat restoration efforts — Restore, Reconnect, Renew. Read about how community engagement plays a key role in the long-term success of their projects.
This year, we celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by recognizing the importance of stopover sites for migratory birds. Events are taking place world-wide to promote the conservation and knowledge of vital areas used by birds to rest and refuel on migratory journeys.
A first assessment of the Red Knot population wintering in Golfo de Santa Clara, Alto Golfo de California and Colorado River Delta Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
Project Description This project involves the implementation of an annual monitoring program for Red Knot (Calidris canutus roselaari) in the Alto Golfo de California and Colorado River Delta Biosphere Reserve, Mexico. This wintering population could be independent from that of Guerrero Negro, Baja California, and provide clues on the migratory routes of up to 68%
Project Description Pronatura Noroeste proposes to undertake community reforestation campaigns in riparian zones at the Colorado River delta, Baja California and Sonora, Mexico. This project is aimed at increasing the extent of current bird habitat conservation initiatives by involving communities in ongoing or new wetland enhancement efforts. This project will engage teachers students in the
Project Description A partnership from the U.S. and Mexico will work together to develop a detailed monitoring program for wetland birds in critical sites of northwest Mexico. The program will address issues to standardize sampling schemes, temporality of surveys, field protocols, data integration and reporting, as well as the use and distribution of the information
Project Description This project will increase the scope of Pronatura Noroeste’s Public Involvement and Education Program (PIE) in the Colorado River delta. The delta is a Wetland of International Importance in the Ramsar Convention, an Important Bird Area in Mexico, and a priority wetland under the North American Wetland Conservation Act. It is one of
Project Description This project will (1) describe the wintering ecology of Neotropical migrants in riparian habitat in the Colorado River delta, Baja California and Sonora; and (2) evaluate the value of riparian restoration efforts for migrants during the nonbreeding period. PRBO is relating bird use, overwinter site persistence, and survivorship to silvicultural practices, water flow
Project Description The Colorado River delta is one of the most important areas for bird conservation in the Sonoran Desert. The delta supports more than 150,000 migratory waterbirds, is a critical stopover site for over 100 species of Neotropical migratory landbirds, and provides habitat for endangered species such as Yuma Clapper Rail and California Black
Project Description Migratory landbirds are exposed to a variety of threats on their wintering, breeding, and migratory stopover habitats. Pollution is one of the least known threats due to the difficulty in measuring its effects on birds. In this project CIAD will use a methodology specifically designed to measure the impacts of organophosphate and carbamate