Flying Over Yucatán with the Green Jay Mayan Birding Club

March 2nd – June 4th, 2017
Yucatan, Mexico

The Green Jay Mayan Birding club is truly outstanding! They travel all over the Yucatan Peninsula to host activities centered around bird conservation and citizen science for educators, community leaders, teachers, youth, and all those interested. During their workshops, they share nice materials about local birds, conservation tips, and aVerAves, a bird citizen science platform, where participants can enter information about the birds they observe in their communities! Everyone goes out into the fresh outdoors to enjoy their surroundings, view the beautiful local birds, and talk about the ways they can improve the quality of life in their community with their local birds in mind.

During the workshops, the Green Jay Mayan Birding club team uses the BirdSleuth-International K-12 curriculum activities as a starting point. From this base and few tweaks, coordinators of the workshops adapt it better to the needs, interests and local resources of the communities they visit. Thanks to the resources and support from Isla Contoy AC, local leaders, and the Red de Monitoreo Comunitario de Aves “Mayan Jays, the workshops: “BirdSleuth International ” were successful! The goal of the events was met! In every site visited, local leaders were identified and trained, and they now continue the citizen science programs from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in their community! It was wonderful to see that every place the Green Jay Mayan Birding club went, a seed of conservation efforts was planted and continues to grow in each respective community.

Down below, we share some of the photographs that came from each brilliant event!

Chemuyil, Quintana Roo: Participants went outdoors and recreated the path some birds took in time of migration. They saw the obstacles birds face during migration and later discussed the ways they and their community could help protect the birds and their habitats.

Gran Plaza Cancún, Quintana Roo: During the workshop, there was a photography exposition about mother nature. Participants were excited to go home and use the materials and tips given to help keep the birds in their community safe.

Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo: The Green Jay Mayan Birding club provided materials for these students to learn more about other birds in their area. The participants were so thrilled that they later discussed creating their own bird observing club!

Chetumal, Quintana Roo: The participants used the BirdSleuth-International curriculum to have an amazing talk on helpful tips to live a sustainable life that would benefit everyone, especially the birds.

San José II, Quintana Roo: The children knew the bird names in Mayan but found out their names in Spanish during the workshop! They drew their favorite birds, took pictures with wings. The whole town united for the benefit of the birds and the environment.

Cozumel, Quintana Roo: The Cozumel Island is home to many marvelous unique species. The community was in awe of the beautiful birds and other species native to their home. Community leaders pledged to create environmental friendly actions for the safety of these extraordinary species.

Sisal Yucatán, Quintana Roo: The wonderful activities included discussions on conservation, migratory bird games, as well as bird observations. The children wanted to know more about their local birds as they asked questions!

The Kabah Park, Quintana Roo: The participants were so excited to have materials naming their local birds. During the group walk, the students yelled out the birds they saw and later talked about their favorite birds!

The Ka ́Yok’ Planetarium, Quintana Roo: The students, as well as the teachers of the Primary Institute of Mexico, wanted more information on birds that lived in their communities. They also wanted to go see birds in the outdoors, the day was full of birds, exploration, and discovery!

Campeche:  The Green Jay Mayan Birding club assisted in the regional de Monitores Comunitarios de Aves Mayan Jays NABCI-CONABIO. Different community leaders were invited to participate in the “BirdSleuth International” workshop so that they could get inspired in making future bird conserving events. It was great seeing so many passionate conservationists excited to have these programs in their own communities. It was also fantastic seeing the network of bird activists growing all over the Yucatán peninsula!

Global Big Day: Each year there are more people that come together for the birds! It’s amazing as the environment and the birds are helping people connect with others, gain materials, and live a more eco-friendly life.

A special thanks to Jennifer Fee and Marta del Campo from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the biologist  Catalina Galindo de Prince, Elizabeth Jiménez and  Karla Beytia de Amigos from Isla Contoy A.C., colleagues from the Red Mayan Jays, and to everyone who came together to make “BirdSleuth International” happen all over the Yucatan Peninsula.

On December 1 and December 2 of this year, the  Green Jay Mayan Birding club will be hosting “Volando por la Península ” festival, where there will be talks, conferences, art workshops, bird watching, and “Birdsleuth International” workshops.

To find more about this festival and the Green Jay Mayan Birding club click here!

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